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There are certain wines that send out a trigger up one’s back with an intense excitement that is all incorporating – that kind of ‘revelation red wine’ can range stylishly and area of beginning as it is various for each and every person. For Remi Cohen it was the Comtes de Sparkling wine – tête de cuvee (top a glass of wine) for Taittinger Champagne. She had actually gathered numerous vintages of this exquisite Champagne as well as they were a few of her most valuable glass of wines that would just be opened up for really unique events. But the concept that she would certainly belong of the wonderful tradition of the Champagne wine making world, let alone end up being an important part of the wine that reached her heart and soul, was something that she can never visualize.
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Remi assumed she already had her greatest surprise much previously in life as she matured in East Brunswick, New Jacket, and also was on the path to coming to be a physician. Right before clinical institution she initially enlisted in a summer season hospital teaching fellowship but rather was drawn to investing the summertime working at a fruit farm; it was during that time that she recognized that there were master’s degree programs for making white wine and in that moment she tossed her life in a different direction when she determined to head out to The golden state and go to U.C. Davis for wine making.
She spent a years working in the Carneros AVA, a red wine location in the southern areas of Sonoma and also Napa with constant haze and winds from the bay making it a cooler environment appellation, operating in the wineries and also making wine, and also eventually working her means up to coming to be the vice head of state at Merryvale. She diverted from Carneros for practically ten years as she became VP of Procedures and later on COO of Lede Family members White wines, concentrating on Bordeaux grape varieties in Napa vineyards along with Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay in Anderson Valley plots– a cooler environment red wine location. Remi assumed she discovered her long-lasting residence as the proprietor, High cliff Lede, likes French white wines like Remi, Cliff enjoys Bordeaux particularly, as well as he is a truly trendy guy who named a lot of his Napa vineyards after his preferred rock tunes – it was a workplace with an actually great ambiance. Yet life would, once again, offer an unexpected fork in the road in a manner that was unintelligible to her.
A Possibility of a Lifetime Comes With the Worst Time
Domaine Carneros Chateau
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An employer reached out to Remi in late February 2020 as the beginning winemaker and also CEO, Eileen Crane, for Domaine Carneros would certainly be retiring after 33 years of working there. Domaine Carneros is a joint endeavor in between the Taittinger household and the Kopf family, owners of Kobrand — importer of great wines as well as spirits, that started an ultra-premium gleaming house in the Carneros location of The golden state in the late 1980s. Remi promptly told the recruiter that she enjoyed at Lede and she claimed that if she thought of somebody else that was a great fit that she would allow the employer know. “Are you sure you do not wish to have at the very least a discussion regarding this work?” asked the recruiter. That inquiry seemed to knock Remi out of her resolution to stay where she mored than happy and comfy as well as brought her back to her love for shimmering, her love for Champagne and most notably her love for Comtes de Champagne. And so she made a decision to come to be a prospect for the placement yet in mid-March, when it was to her and also just a number of others, she understood that she was no longer living in the exact same globe she stayed in just a month before.
Covid-19 captured many individuals in the US unsuspecting as in January and also February of that year the virus seemed to be far away and also just a real risk to those who were elderly or immunocompromised yet it swiftly ended up being a fully blown pandemic that might even run an unforeseeable course in some of the healthiest individuals once March of 2020 came along.
As Remi realized, thus many, that not just was coronavirus more significant than awaited yet it was already common in her very own area, her initial reaction was to do the right thing for her current company and also colleagues as well as she called the employer and said that although it was painful to miss a chance of a lifetime that she didn’t really feel comfy leaving her task in a middle of a dilemma. That gesture of pure integrity actually impressed the Taittinger household and so they agreed that it was not the best time to change out the CEO and also they determined to wait until the summer season before they select the very best candidate.
Formerly arranged conferences for the Taittinger household to fly over to meet Remi, naturally, ended up being difficult throughout that time and so in June they chose to speak with her over Zoom for an interview. As she spoke to the Taittinger family members, she began to pull out her bottles of Comtes de Sparkling wine, such as the 1996 and also 1998, to show them just how much their Sparkling wine has actually suggested to her. Maybe it was undergoing such a life altering experience such as the pandemic, or possibly it was the fact of talking with the Taittinger family, or maybe it was both however she knew that if she really did not do whatever in her power to get this task she would always regret it. It still took some time for the Taittinger family members to make their final decision as they intended to choose somebody that would certainly stay at Domaine Carneros till they retired as to them it was important that Eileen passed the baton to a person who would certainly run it like they became part of the household like she had done.
Remi ended up becoming the CEO of Domaine Carneros beginning on August 3rd of 2020, the very first day of harvest, as well as Eileen was kept for a while as an expert so she can ensure that Remi, along with the wine makers, sparkling winemaker Zak Miller and also Pinot Noir winemaker TJ Evans, were firmly on course to proceed the Taittinger household vision of making classy, food friendly glass of wines that were kept to a high criterion.
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“It has actually exceeded my expectations,” kept in mind Remi in regards to operating at Domaine Carneros as not only did she currently know just how wonderful the wines were but discovering that Eileen worked with Taittinger in Champagne to develop the very best yeast to produce the fine bubbles for the second fermentation, along with maintaining the minimum aging on lees after the second fermentation that remains in line with Sparkling wine policy and also her press to ultimately make all the champagnes from 100% estate fruit really took Remi’s appreciation of Domaine Carneros to the next degree.
Furthermore, their dedication to sustainability was impressive along with not only have they been certified by some of one of the most revered sustainability programs in The golden state yet they were likewise pioneers in solar energy when, in 2003, they mounted the largest solar collection system of any vineyard worldwide for that time. And today Domaine Carneros is investing in a solar micro-grid as well as battery system that will provide 75% of the vineyard’s power and permit them to effortlessly continue utilizing power also during power interruptions which has ended up being a great deal extra typical in the previous few years.
Vineyards at Domaine Carneros
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Yet the major thing that has actually been amazing to Remi, as she has never experienced it in a family-run winery up until this time, is the system of complete openness for all employees that Eileen configuration around a decade back. Each month Domaine Carneros gets the entire company together to evaluate every one of their vital efficiency indicators as well as all the financial details for that month with the exception of individuals’s wages. Champagne is a really labor extensive procedure from hand choosing entire bunches in the vineyards to delicately pushing and taking care of the white wine in the winery therefore although Domaine Carneros only makes around 80,000 instances, 60,000 of that being shimmering, they have anywhere from 120 to 150 workers relying on the time of year. Therefore bringing everyone from every element of the company together, whether it is the vineyards, the winery, sales or advertising and marketing, provides all employees an opportunity to see the regular monthly numbers as well as to make sure every person is on the same web page in terms of vision and also brand-new goals.
And also Remi has actually currently added to this really clear setting by executing a mentorship program internally so people at beginning positions can have an opportunity to involve with management and after that potentially have the opportunity to advance within the firm. “We have had a lot of interior promos within the last five months,” Remi happily specified.
The Taittinger family wished to make a tête de cuvee for Domaine Carneros like they had done for Taittinger with their Comtes de Sparkling Wine Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) therefore Eileen attempted every year, beginning in 1988 till she nailed it in 1992. Throughout a business trip, Claude Taittinger provided a speech discussing exactly how Domaine Carneros was a desire come true when they constructed their château among the Carneros Chardonnay and also Pinot Noir vineyards which was motivated by their beautiful 18th century Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, as the Carneros as well as Sparkling wine appellations were two of the best for sparkling wine in his mind. After Claude’s speech a person told him that he need to call their Domaine Carneros tête de cuvee ‘Le Rêve’ which implies ‘The Dream’ in French.
And so when Remi started to discuss the Domaine Carneros tête de cuvee Le Rêve it had such a deep meaning as she was working for a Champagne family that she made use of to dream of, not even considering that she would eventually be helping them some day, and also she was presenting their leading Carneros sparkling wine which represented their very own imagine making a 2nd home in The golden state.
When Remi utilized to consume alcohol the exquisite Comtes de Champagne dreaming of a red wine and area that appeared to be of one more world beyond her grasp, she really did not realize that one day she would be a large component of that sparkling tradition; sometimes the greatest misconception is a person not understanding that she holds the crucial to proceeding the desire that she so passionately wishes to become part of.
2017 Domaine Carneros Estate Brut Cuvée
2017 Domaine Carneros, Estate Brut Cuvée: 57% Chardonnay and also 43% Pinot Noir. Leaps out of the glass with peach cobbler, candied pecans and lemon declines with small bubbles that have a creamy texture as well as extreme stony notes on the coating– scrumptious.
Domaine Carneros ‘Cuvée de la Pompadour’ Brut Rosé
Domaine Carneros, ‘Cuvée de la Pompadour’ Brut Rosé: 60% Pinot Noir and also 40% Chardonnay. They do not add red wine to get the shade however give a number of their Pinot Noir tanks some skin get in touch with therefore they are making use of 15-20% Pinot Noir rosé in the blend. Fresh strawberries and also rose oil on the nose with cinnamon toast along the vibrant body with zingy cranberry tastes on the brilliant finish.
2013 Domaine Carneros, ‘Le Rêve’ Blanc de Blancs: 100% Chardonnay. Amazing vibrancy with dried yuzu peel and eco-friendly apple with toasted spices that has a fierce drive of power as well as mineral side along the linear body that made this white wine simply impressive on the finish.
2013 Domaine Carneros ‘Le Rêve’
2018 Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir
2018 Domaine Carneros, Estate Pinot Noir: 100% Pinot Noir. Great deals of black raspberry with red cherries as well as a touch of tarragon and jungle after the rain– wild yet charitable, pure fruit with supple tannins as well as fleshy body.