CHANDON has been crafting superb sparkling wines with a unique personality since its founding in 1959 in Argentina. In 60 years of excellence, the Maison’s pioneering spirit has taken it all over the globe, giving birth to a domain on which the sun never sets.
CHANDON recently released its newest creation, Garden Spritz, the latest drop from its unexpected lands, decked out in an elegant new livery for a brand that has been pioneering for more than 60 years.
Sophisticated and authentic, simple and intriguing, CHANDON Garden Spritz takes an exceptional CHANDON brut sparkling wine and adds a delectable liqueur with a secret recipe, created by the Maison’s winemakers from natural extracts of orange peels, herbs and spices, with no artificial flavors or colors. A unique alcoholic beverage that redefines the spritz experience.
Founded in 1959 in the Andean foothills in Argentina, CHANDON today crafts exceptional sparkling wines at six wineries across the world: Argentina in 1959, then California and Brazil in 1973, Australia in 1986, China in 2013 and India in 2014. A deep attachment to the earth links these different cultures. The CHANDON worldwide community currently spans some 1,389 hectares of vineyards where 16 winemakers of seven different nationalities oversee the largest sparkling-wine estate in the world. Carrying on the spirit of founder Robert-Jean de Vogüé, onetime President of Moët & Chandon with a passion for travel, discovery and winemaking, the Maison carries on its tradition of innovation with CHANDON Garden Spritz. “Too many have closed their shutters. I have opened many windows.” This quote from Robert-Jean de Vogüé continues to inspire the winemakers and growers of the CHANDON community. Through their ongoing exchanges they reinvent collaboration, sharing inspiration and creativity.
The primary ingredient in CHANDON Garden Spritz is CHANDON Brut sparkling wine produced by the team of winemakers and growers in Mendoza in the Andean foothills of Argentina. The wine is made with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Semillon grapes grown at an altitude of over 1,000 meters. Here, the terroir and climate naturally favor the requisite freshness, ripeness and acidity for this exceptional sparkling wine.
The zesty bitterness is obtained through a natural maceration of orange rinds and of fresh aromatic herbs and spices. The secret is Valencia oranges variety selected for their unique balance of acidity and sweetness, grown and hand-picked on a pesticide-free family farm in the Entre Rios province, in the NE of Argentina. The oranges have been studied with the same meticulous precision as the grapes to identify the best time to harvest, in order to obtain the most elegant aromas. The peels are slowly oven dried and macerated in grape brandy, along with fresh rinds and zests.
CHANDON winemaker Ana Paula Bartolucci, a native of Mendoza in Argentina who was born near the CHANDON winery, talks about the creative process: “We spent years testing different blends and recipes. Finally, the 64th proposal proved to be the one. For CHANDON Garden Spritz I made it stronger to get more intense aromas, I really wanted enough bitterness.”
This sun-drenched elixir reveals its unique freshness poured over a few ice cubes, a sliver of dried orange and a sprig of rosemary.
Engaged with the earth and faithful to its roots, CHANDON is committed to protecting its terroirs and cultures with ever-more sustainable viticulture. This includes opting to hand pick grapes and oranges and working with partners who practice sustainable agriculture. CHANDON leaves nothing to chance: at least six months of maturation is required before the wine is blended with the macerated liqueur. The herbs and spices are slow-macerated for between six weeks and six months, depending on the type. The bitter orange notes are joined by aromatic notes from Argentinian and Brazilian herbs, as well as the warm and woody notes of spices from India, Central America and Madagascar. Certified without artificial colors or artificial flavors and made from 100% pesticide-free oranges, CHANDON Garden Spritz is naturally delicious. What’s more, five tons of waste – seeds, peels and pulp – are also used for compost in CHANDON vineyards.
The CHANDON Garden Spritz bottle features the Maison’s seven-point star, representing its six domains and its founding pioneering spirit, auguring sparkling success for this latest creation. From the gilded logo to the illustrations of oranges on the label, this spritz embodies the grandeur of a domain on which the sun never sets. CHANDON Garden Spritz can be found at selected bars, restaurants and wine stores, as well as online at chandongarden.com
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