Champagne, champagne France

This family-owned house is currently run by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. The estate was founded in 1734, although the Taittinger family acquired the property in 1931.

Their vineyards cover some of the prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs, but their headquarters are in Reims. Here, 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.

Taittinger benefit from a considerable vineyard holding of 288 hectares, giving them excellent control over the quality of their grapes. This includes a high proportion of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs which accounts for the very elegant style of Chardonnay. Taittinger's total split of plantings comprises around 36% Chardonnay and 38% Pinot Noir, the remainder being made up of Meunier.

The Brut Réserve is a blend of 40% Chardonnay with 60% Pinot Noir and Meunier from 35 different vineyards and vintages, which is aged for three years in their cellars before release. Their NV Prestige Rosé is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Meunier, with three years ageing on the lees. A brut finish and delicate salmon pink colour highlights the elegance of the wine and the quality of the blend. The Brut Millésimé is made from Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs, while the Pinot Noir comes from the Grands Crus of Montagne de Reims and the edge of Vallée de la Marne. Aged for five years, the wine has the perfect balance of complexity and freshness. The Comtes de Champagne is a prestige cuvée blanc de blancs made exclusively with grapes from the Côte des Blancs, an appellation characterised by its chalk-covered ridge that produces exceptionally fine Chardonnay.


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