The origins of Taittinger champagnes can be traced back to the wine merchant Jacques Fourneaux who established a company in 1734. This business moved premises to the House of the Counts of Champagne in the 19th century and was taken over by the Taittinger family in 1931 who then gave the company its name. In 1932, Pierre Taittinger's champagne house decided to give prominence to the Chardonnay grape. Between 1945 and 1960, Pierre Taittinger's son, François, managed the company with his two brothers, Jean and Claude. When François was killed in an accident, the company passed to Claude who remained at the helm from 1960 to 2005. In 2005, the house was sold to an American pension fund but was bought back the following year by the North Eastern division of the Crédit Agricole bank in partnership with Claude's nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger who has run the company ever since. The historic champagne house owns kilometres of Gallo-Roman crayères or chalk tunnels and almost 300 hectares of exceptional vineyards, planted to 40% with Chardonnay. The grapes are vinified in vats and undergo full malolactic fermentation. This historic champagne house is a benchmark in the region, especially for fans of Chardonnay.
About the cuvée
The Taittinger Brut réserve cuvée is made from Chardonnay (40%), Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grown in over 35 crus. The grapes are harvested by hand once perfectly ripe. When the climat brings an exceptional harvest, and only then, Maison Taittinger produces a Brut Vintage cuvée. This champagne was matured for 3 to 4 years in the cellar to obtain beautiful, aromatic maturity. In the glass it has a straw yellow colour, bright with golden hints, and its bubbles are delicate with a discrete mousse. It is expressive on the nose, giving off fruity (peach), floral (acacia), brioche and vanilla notes. It has a lovely, fresh attack on the palate before softly expressing its flavours. Excellent for an aperitif, this cuvée should be served at 8°C. Alternatively, it could be served with a refined supper.
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