When I say Jordan, you say CAB! Jordan. Cab. Jordan. Cab. Well team, times are a changing. When I say Jordan you say Champagne!? No dear, you are late to the party; Jordan has not been associated with J, the sparkling wine label, for decades. Yes dear. Champagne. As in true Champagne, made by the House of AR Lenoble in Damery, France. When did The Healdsburg, California winery that we have grown to know and love over the past 40 years, as a dedicated producer of Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays get into the Champagne business? Read on!
Last month, Gabe and I were privileged to sample the new Jordan Cuvée when we were invited to visit the winery in The Alexander Valley AVA in Sonoma County. If you have not yet visited, it is highly recommended. The drive up is relaxing as the roads mellow to a countryside crawl, inviting you to slow down and take it all in. Once on the property you are greeted by their iconic Chateau, modeled after those of France and expressly created for hosting and celebrating food and wine. Additionally the grounds offer pastoral scenes of a robust vegetable garden and content farm animals wandering about, including 2 donkeys! This was our backdrop as we initiated our tour in the fermentation room and were offered a starting glass of the Jordan Cuvée. Yes dear!
The Jordan Cuvée is a collaboration with The AR Lenoble Champagne House, which much like Jordan, is family owned and operated. These similar values led to the fortuitous project. The Jordan team had pined for the days of offering guests a glass of bubbly upon arrival. This new project welcomes back that tradition and beckons in more French traditions: Champagne made in the traditional method.
The Cuvée is comprised of:
- 30% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Chouilly
- 35% Premier Cru Pinot Noir from Bisseuil
- 35% Pinot Meunier from Damery
A pedigree to contend with. I found it creamy on the palate with brioche on the nose and ripe citrus on the finish. Refreshing and fun!
The Jordan Cuvée is a limited release of the AR Lenoble Brut Intense that was packaged exclusively for Jordan. It will retail for $49 and will only be sold direct from the winery. Read more about it on The Jordan Blog. Give Jordan Winery a visit, get yourself some world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and now Champagne! What will they do next? Rhones?! Stay tuned.
most photos above by Gabriel Manzo.