Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 288,728 strong:

Register Today!

Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Blancs De Blanc 2011

Thanks for liking this wine! Let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about it by clicking on the buttons here.

If you've already connected your Twitter account, then you don't need to click on the Twitter button to share your review as it'll be done for you.

Optional: Before you share your wine find with friends, you can pick a score or make a quick tasting note, or both if you like:


My Score:
 
My Tasting Notes:
Expand Box




Community Reviews

There are 9 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Gwen Barton rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Delicious and refreshing sparkling out of Niagara. Notes of fresh sliced apple, melon and tropical fruit. Toast, yeasty notes are present but well integrated with the fruit. Creamy mousse and generous finish. Pair pre-meal with antipasto platter. Thank you Henry of Pelham!
Jennifer Havers rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

This is a beautiful wine, and a must try for any Champagne or sparkling lover, as it really showcases what wonderful sparkling wine can be made in Ontario. Made from 100% Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench vineyard, this wine is aged on lees for 54 months, and the results are lovely texture, creamy but also crisp, with notes of lemon, green apple, warm oak and buttered biscuits. The mousse is tight and persistent and the finish is long. Truly versatile, you could really pair this with anything, just be sure to try it!
Jane Staples rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A rich and creamy sparkling wine made from 100% Chardonnay single vineyard hand-picked grapes, showcasing Niagara Peninsula's Short Hills Bench V.Q.A. Up to 54 mos. on lees, giving the luscious creamy texture and flavours.
Nuances of croissants, honey, lemon and crushed macademia/cashew nuts. Good to the last drop! Perfect for celebrating a special occasion- your next job promotion or graduation.
Tasted Jan. 2017
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Competition for the big "veuves" of Champagne! Like them, this widow from Niagara has quite a commanding presence and all the typical attibutes of a fine bubbly - persistent, fine mousse, complex lemony, leesy, yeasty-brioche, biscuity and nutty flavours with a remarkable, long finish. Much respect deserved!
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This sparkling is named after Catharine Smith, widow to Henry and the family matriarch. Hand picked and 100% estate grown Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench. The best of the best juice goes into the barrel. There are beautiful aromas in the glass: lemon, minerality, brioche, toasted nuts, and hints of apple. This wine bubbles on the palate with a delicate mouthfeel and showcases such beautiful flavors on the palate - fresh lemon, apples and hazelnut biscotti. An award winning sparkling from the highly acclaimed Speck family. Wonderful choice to celebrate any special occasion.
Kimberly Inksater rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

Minerality, toasted nuts, freshly-baked bread and a hint of vanilla on the nose turn into a complex blend of baked apple follwed by lemon zest in the mouth. This award-winning wine from the Speck family is a superior sparkling wine for a special occasion. I'd serve this gem with grilled scallops or chicken satay.
Mike Craymer rated this wine as 95/100
Neil Phillips rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Aromas of baked bread, lemon curd, golden delicious and green apples, slight hazelnut. Brioche is evident - no surprise given 54 months on the lees.

On the palate, a very fine, delicate mousse and creamy mouthfeel carries flavours of white grapefruit apple, lemon, biscuits. Finish is medium-plus with a hint of spice, roasted chestnuts.

Outstanding traditional-method sparkler from Ontario. Will easily stand up to finer Champagne.

Tasted December 2016.
Melissa Pulvermacher reviewed this wine as follows:

Some of my favourite Niagara bubbles. With a note of salinity, bright acidity and green apple with a touch of pastry on the finish, this perfectly balanced wine showcases the Chardonnay grape brilliantly.




Natalie's Review

Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Blancs De Blanc 2011, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular Niagara sparkling wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, thus the moniker blanc des blanc (white wine from white grapes). This bubbly won gold at the 2016 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. No wonder. It's crisp, toasty and refreshing with gloriously fresh notes of green apple and white peach wrapped in a warm blanket of freshly baked bread and melting butter. Pair with shellfish, fried chicken and potato chips for maximum pleasure. Perfect holiday sparkling wine. Drink: 2014-2019. 315200 12.50% D 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 95/100. February 6, 2017 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Splendid Salad Wine  Full Review

Ad

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO

PAIR WINE
& FOOD?

Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Zorzal Vineyard & Winery Red Wine
Cabernet Franc 2018,
Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 288,728 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.

FEEL LOST IN THE

LCBO?

Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times

GOT A SMARTPHONE?

Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.

GET NAT'S APP

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award