Champagne Taittinger

The origins of Champagne Taittinger

The origins of Champagne Taittinger date back to 1734, when the original House was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today’s company, acquired the House after falling in love with the remarkable Château de la Marquetterie while stationed there in the 1st world war.

Today, Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label, with the great-grandchildren of Pierre Taittinger at the helm – Vitalie and Clovis.

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Today, Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label, with the great-grandchildren of Pierre Taittinger at the helm – Vitalie and Clovis.

Situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars

The heart of Taittinger lies in Reims, situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These 4th century UNESCO listed cellars are where the Champagne lies, maturing for many years until it is ready to see the world.

The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay, which makes up the majority of the Brut Réserve NV and the entirety of Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs.

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Taittinger’s Champagnes are renowned around the world.

This Chardonnay dominance provides the elegance, delicacy and finesse for which Taittinger’s Champagnes are renowned around the world.

Taittinger also owns 288ha of vineyards, making them the third-largest grower in Champagne and allowing them to control quality from vine to bottle. This also allows them to keep the environment at the heart of their decisions in the vineyard.

Taittinger Brut Reserve Nv

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV

Grapes:

  • 40% Chardonnay
  • 35% Pinot Noir
  • 25% Pinot Meunier

ABV:

  • 12.5%

Residual Sugar:

  • 9.00g/l
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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Taittinger Brut Réserve NV is renowned for its golden yellow colour with a consistent, fine, lingering mousse. The nose is light and delicate with hints of fruits and brioche. The palate is lean, but has considerable depth and elegance with a long fresh finish. There is no specific drinking occasion for the Brut Réserve – its elegance and lightness give it the flexibility to be the Champagne for the moment but it is always an excellent aperitif.

The grapes for the Brut Réserve come from prime vineyards throughout Champagne, with approximately 50% coming from the Taittinger Estate. It is a carefully balanced blend of wines from more than 35 ‘crus’.

Produced each year from 95% first pressings of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, this is the definitive cuvée of Champagne Taittinger. It also includes a proportion of reserve wine to ensure consistency from year to year. Prior to release, the Brut Réserve is aged for 3-4 years giving the wine depth whilst allowing the component parts to become fully integrated.

Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus Nv

Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV

Grapes:

  • 50% Chardonnay
  • 50% Pinot Noir

ABV:

  • 12.5%

Residual Sugar:

  • 9.00g/l
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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The colour is a brilliant, pale yellow with silvery highlights, reflective of the high proportion of Chardonnay. The bubbles are fine and form a lasting and delicately creamy mousse. The nose is subtle and fresh. The initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints of elderflower and spicy cinnamon overtones. Flavours are dominated by intense fresh citrus fruit which then give way to a much fuller, well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent of white peaches in syrup. The finish is long, rich and extremely expressive. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif but has the structure to match grilled fish and seafood.

The blend is made soley from fruit grown in Grand Cru classified vineyards. 50% Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs (including Avize and Le Mesnil sur Oger) and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims area (including Mailly, Ambonnay). There are 17 named Grands Crus in Champagne covering approximately 9% of the vineyard’s total surface. A selection of these are used in Prélude each bringing precise characters to the wine for example minerality, structure, fruitiness.

This wine comes from top Grand Cru sites and is made from the first pressing. The level of reserve wine used in the blend varies by vintage. Prior to release the wine is aged for a minimum of 4-5 years on lees, sometimes more.

Taittinger Folies De La Marquetterie Nv

Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie NV

Grapes:

  • 55% Pinot Noir
  • 45% Chardonnay

ABV:

  • 12.5%

Residual Sugar:

  • 9.00g/l
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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Deep yellow with golden highlights and fine, delicate bubbles. It has an intense, fruity bouquet with aromas of peaches, apricot jam and subtle hints of toasted brioche and vanilla. On the palate is it full-bodied, fruity and graceful with golden peach flavours. The long finish is distinctive with light toasty notes. All in all Folies de la Marquetterie is a full flavoured, harmonious Champagne distinguished by its immense richness and complexity. Besides being an ideal aperitif, it is a perfect accompaniment to fish and chicken dishes.

This cuvée is the story of the Taittinger house – the beginning of Taittinger’s history. Grapes are sourced from Taittinger’s own vineyards including the superb grapes grown in ‘Les Folies’, surrounding the Château de la Marquetterie. A “green” harvest is carried out on the selected plots of vines to ensure the fruit offers optimum sweetness and aromatic maturity. Only wines from the first pressing are used and defined lots are vinified in small volumes lot by lot, with certain lots of Chardonnay vinified in large oak casks to give added weight and creaminess. Folies de la Marquetterie is a blend of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir. Slow ageing for 5 years in bottle brings the flavours of this Champagne to perfect harmony. This wine is made to be a creamier style, making it particularly suited to food pairing.

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2007

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007

Grapes:

  • 100% Chardonnay

ABV:

  • 12.5%

Residual Sugar:

  • 9.00g/.
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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This great 2007 vintage lives up to all expectations as soon as you open the bottle. It is a moment to treasure. That typical Chardonnay colour is there in all its sparkling, golden glory with shimmers of green coating the constant stream of fine, delicate bubbles. It has a fine and delicate nose which combines white blossom and a certain minerality with general overtones of Anjou light pear and golden raisins. Subtle hints of aniseed and smoky flavours follow this suggestion of fruit. The taste is vibrant, with a combination of lemon and saltiness. This is immediately followed by a sensation of complex, yet mellow freshness creating the perfect balance between ripeness and a full-rounded flavour. It is rounded off by a long-lasting, crisp finish with hints of salted butter. This elegant wine lives up to its reputation with its freshness, strength, minerality and mellow fruitiness. its freshness encapsulates a certain moment in time and promises interesting cellaring potential.

Vineyards

The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is composed exclusively of Chardonnay grown in the five villages of the Côte des Blancs, which are classified as Grands Crus: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger. Only first press wine (the ‘cuvée’) is used to give it an absolute guarantee of quality.

Vintage

The 2007 viticultural year was an exceptional year in terms of both the vines and the final wine. After a mild winter, and with the unusually warm temperatures, growth started early and many people were anticipating a harvest by mid-August. However, during May against all expectations, the vineyards in Champagne suffered awful weather. These conditions interfered with the vines’ flowering period, resulting in great diversity across the region and full bloom only being achieved between the 24th of May and 1st of June. The grapes matured a little slower as a result of a mostly cold and gloomy summer. Thankfully at the end of August came the return of the sun and with it hope, as the fruit began to mature perfectly. Harvesting did not start until the 30th of August and was carried out under a cold, dry wind. This resulted in a healthy, good quality crop. The Chardonnay grapes were delicate and clear, and their citrus and white fruit aromas showed great potential.

Winemaking

Being the most perfect expression of the House style, a Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is rare. Until its peak, it is subject to a great deal of care and attention and the rigorous criteria governing its production means that it cannot be created in large volumes. 5% of the wines which help to create the Comtes de Champagne are matured for 4 months in oak barrels (one-third of which are renewed each year) to boost the intrinsic qualities of the final blend and provide a hint of toasted flavour. The celebrated bottles only see daylight after a long and drawn-out maturing period 18 metres underground lasting 8 to 10 years.