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Taittinger
In 1734, Jacques Fourneaux, a merchant of champagne wines, established the company that would some day become Taittinger. In that early part of the XVIIIth century, the Benedictine abbeys of Hautvillers, Pierry, Verzy, and Saint-Nicaise in Reims, owned the best vineyards in the Champagne region. They cultivated the vines and pressed the harvest to produce the first sparkling wines which they either sold themselves, or through agents in Epernay or Reims. Jacques Fourneaux therefore joined the great adventure of the champagne trade...cautiously at first. The company prospered throughout the XIXth century and after the First World War moved to the fine XIIIth century historical residence located on rue de Tambour: "The House of the Counts of Champagne". This was the home of Thibaud IV, known as the Singer, who brought back from Cyprus the vines which are the ancestors of today's Chardonnay. It is at this time that the merger occurred between the company, which had come to be known as Fourneaux-Forest, and the Taittinger family, which would ultimately take control. The Taittinger family had its roots in Lorraine, but left its native province in 1870 following the Treaty of Frankfurt and settled in the Paris area in order to retain its French nationality. In around 1912, Pierre-Charles Taittinger was running a business involved in the distribution and export of champagne with one of his brothers-in-law. A young cavalry officer during the First World War he made his first visit to the Château de la Marquetterie near Epernay, at that time the headquarters of General de Castelnau and Marshal Joffre. He instantly fell in love with this magnificent property in the purest XVIIIth century style, anchored to the slope of one of the finest Champagne hillsides; its vineyards, unusually, planted partly with white "Chardonnay" grapes and partly with red "Pinot", giving the vineyards the appearance of a huge chessboard in the weeks leading up to the harvest. The vineyards of la Marquetterie had been run by Friar Oudart, one of the founding fathers of champagne. In 1932 Pierre Taittinger succeeded in acquiring the great residence, which had formerly been home to the philosopher Cazotte, who was sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution for his loyalty to King Louis XVI. Something of an innovator and visionary, Pierre Taittinger decided that Chardonnay was to be the dominant grape for the brand. This has been a wise choice since the modern consumer enjoys the lightness, finesse and elegance afforded by this variety. From 1945, François, the third son of Pierre Taittinger, along with his two brothers Jean and Claude, oversaw a period of remarkable growth for the champagne house which for a number of years had carried their family name and began operation in the cellars of the Saint-Nicaise monastery, built in the XIIIth century on magnificent Gallo-Roman chalk cellars dating from the second century. A tragic car accident in 1960 cut short his brief but prolific career. Since then Claude Taittinger has presided over the destiny of one of the last great champagne houses to bear the name of the family that runs it, himself overseeing the quality of its products in line with tradition. Visit the Taittinger website.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

agv 97+
we 95
ws 94
Produced only in exceptional vintage years and intended as the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, this wine is composed entirely of Chardonnay grapes grown in the top vineyards of the prestigious Côte des Blancs. Only the first press juice is used. A small proportion (5%) of the blend spends ... more
BN#577790

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Taittinger Brut la Française

Taittinger Brut la Française

ws 90
This wine has a subtle, pale gold color with fine, persistent bubbles. It is delicate, with aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla pod, and brioche on the nose and flavors of fresh fruit and honey on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif or with foods such as seafood and white ... more
BN#120141

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2006

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2006

ws 95
we 94
Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2006 has a deep pink colour. The extremely fine bubbles rise in a lively style to form a superb ring of delicate foam. Initially, the nose offers intense aromas of citrus fruit, especially blood oranges. Then more mature aromas develop, with candied red and black fruits, ... more
BN#590542

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Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé

ws 92
This cuvée is a vibrant pink color with fine bubbles and persistent foam. The full and wonderfully expressive nose delivers aromas of crushed raspberries, cherries and black currants that lead into crisp, fresh red fruit flavors on the palate. Velvety and full-bodied, this wine is lively, fruity and fresh. A ... more
BN#133480

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Taittinger Nocturne Rose

Taittinger Nocturne Rose

Taittinger Nocturne Rosé is a "Sec" champagne composed of Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (70%). Blended from around thirty different vineyards from various vintages, this wine is laid down for four years to age before being disgorged. A 17.5g/l dosage of sugar cane combined with the slow ... more
BN#563830

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Taittinger Brut Prelude

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we 91
The wine's color is brilliant pale yellow with silver highlights from the elevated proportion of Chardonnay. The subtle, fresh nose leads from mineral aromas into floral and elderflower scents offset by spice and cinnamon notes. On the palate, the wine shows ripe white peach flavors with hints of fresh citrus ... more
BN#175129

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Taittinger Nocturne Sec

Taittinger Nocturne Sec

we 90
Pale gold in color with brilliant gold highlights, Nocturne is punctuated by a proliferation of tiny, delicate bubbles. The nose is subtle and fresh, with aromas of peach, dried apricot and white flowers offset by notes of breadcrust. The gentle dosage, just above the Extra Sec level, maintains an optimum ... more
BN#198101

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005

we 95
ws 94
A powerful, refined, expressive and complex Champagne, with notes of citrus fruits, lime blossom and caramelized grapefruit. The long, rich ending reveals sweet licorice aromas. A perfect accompaniment to first courses such as seafood and shellfish.  more
BN#510043

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