One of the great names in Champagne has origins dating back to 1734, when the original House was founded. It was acquired in 1931 by Pierre Taittinger, who had fallen in love with the property and its vineyards while stationed locally during the 1st World War. The Reims-based House is owned and actively managed by the Taittingers to this day.
Many Houses buy all their fruit from growers, but half of Taittinger’s grapes come from its own vineyards, which extend to 288 hectares and include holdings in ten Grands Crus. Chardonnay accounts for 40% of Taittinger’s plantings, compared to 27% for the whole appellation. The remainder is planted to Pinot Noir and to a much lesser extent Pinot Meunier.
A high percentage of Chardonnay in the blend creates great elegance, delicacy and finesse. This is Taittinger’s hallmark, with Chardonnay ratios ranging from 40% in the Brut Reserve NV to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs.
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV
£33.00 £25.00 (Hurry! Offer ends 7th June)
A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier from up to 25 different Crus, aged for 3-4 years before release. Light, delicate, with hints of white flowers, biscuits and brioche, it has a lean palate, yet considerable depth, elegance and a long, fresh finish.
Taittinger Rosé NV
30% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, with a distinctive salmon-pink colour from l’addition method, which also ensures consistency and quality. Aged for three years, it’s a subtle, delicate wine with wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry aromas, plus a hint of spice.
Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV
Made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir exclusively from four Grands Crus sites and aged for four years on its lees, this is a subtle, fresh, joyous wine. Initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints of elderflower and spicy cinnamon. On the palate, citrus fruits give way to a much fuller, mellower taste with syrupy white-peach flavours. The finish is long, rich and expressive.
Taittinger only produces a vintage when the harvest is of exceptional quality, and purely with juice from the first pressing (50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). It’s aged for at least four years to provide length, suppleness and complexity. The 2003 is very characteristic of this vintage, with beautiful aromatics, complex, rich fruit flavours of plum and greengage, and great minerality.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998
A wine of ultimate delicacy and finesse, only produced when all conditions essential to its unique style are met. This vintage could be compared to 1982 or 1988, combining generous fruitiness with freshness and harmony. Flinty aromas and toasted brioche on the nose lead to a delightfully creamy, mellow palate with grapefruit and white peach flavours.
*All prices valid until 30th August unless otherwise stated