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. Thirty five percent of their vineyard area is Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs, with 50% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier.
Brut Millésimé 2006 is a blend of grapes exclusively from the first pressing. It consists of 50% Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the Grands Crus of the Montagne de Reims and the start of the Vallée de la Marne.
Overall, 2006 was a hot year. After a very dry autumn, the winter was cold and snowy, but fortunately there was no damage in the vineyard. The spring brought steady, mild weather, and ended with the vines ﬂowering between the 12th and 18th of June. The summer was very variable, with exceptionally hot periods punctuated by numerous storms in July, followed by cooler temperatures and overcast skies in August. September saw renewed heat and the start of a dry spell, which did not, however, have a negative effect on the volume of the harvest. Picking began on the 7th of September. Rain arrived at the end of the harvest, but yields were high enough to be able to select only the best grapes.
Taittinger produces a Vintage Champagne only when the harvest has been of exceptional quality. Made from first press wines the wine is only released after several years of cellar ageing, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop.
Bright, pale yellow with lively effervescence and abundant, very fine bubbles. The nose instantly reveals great finesse, with elegant notes of vine flowers. This is followed by intense, sweet, fruity aromas, evoking currants and quince paste, accompanied by a hint of aniseed on the finish. The attack is generous, rich and fruity, underscored by flavours of yellow fruit compote and greengages. The mid-palate is flavourful, very smooth and generous. The finish is uniform, very well-structured and full-bodied, developing a slightly tannic note.
50% Pinot Noir
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