Taittinger, Brut Réserve

Taittinger, Brut Réserve
£ 42.45, 75 cl

Champagne

40% Chardonnay 35% Pinot Noir 25% Meunier

Family-owned Taittinger produce a very fine, elegant style of Champagne. The estate was founded in 1734, although the Taittinger family acquired the property in 1931. Based in the city of Reims, their offices sit above the ancient chalk cellars that were originally dug by Romans in the 4th century, before passing to the monks of the Saint Nicaise Abbey and later to the Taittinger family. The house is currently run by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. Taittinger benefit from a considerable vineyard holding of 288 hectares, which cover some of the prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côtes des Blancs and give them excellent control over the quality of their grapes. 35% of their vineyard area is Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs, with 50% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier.

Tasting notes

The brilliant body is golden yellow in colour. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is discreet yet lingering. The nose, very open and expressive, delivers aromas of fruit and brioche. It also gives off the fragrance of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pod. The entry onto the palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey. Taittinger Brut Réserve, which acquires its maturity during three and four years ageing in the cellar, offers excellent aromatic potential.

Producer

Family-owned Taittinger produce a very fine, elegant style of Champagne. The estate was founded in 1734, although the Taittinger family acquired the property in 1931. Based in the city of Reims, their offices sit above the ancient chalk cellars that were originally dug by Romans in the 4th century, before passing to the monks of the Saint Nicaise Abbey and later to the Taittinger family. The house is currently run by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. Taittinger benefit from a considerable vineyard holding of 288 hectares, which cover some of the prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côtes des Blancs and give them excellent control over the quality of their grapes. 35% of their vineyard area is Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs, with 50% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier.

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