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Taittinger Collection Sow 2002 Champagne"To my grandson, who will one day be an entrepreneur and be the guardian of the family tradition." Little did the author know how true this prophecy of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger would prove to be - it was a gutsy move buying back the family business in 2008 - but one that has truly paid off. One of the last big independent, family-owned houses that uphold the name not only on the label, but in their management; Pierre-Emmanuel remains President, whilst his son, Clovis, is Export Director, and his daughter, Vitalie, handles the company's artistic vision. Comtes de Champagne is the pinnacle of Taittinger's range offering finesse, elegance and layers of complexity.
As quality is of paramount importance, Taittinger only uses grapes from the finest vineyards in Champagne. Ranking in the top two major Champagne houses who self supply all of their grapes, by owning some 288 hectares of vineyards in the best localities. This ensures a regular supply of approximately 50% of Taittinger's annual needs, significantly more than other well known Champagne houses. The remaining 50% come from carefully selected growers, some of whom have links going back four generations or more.
The hallmark of Taittinger Champagne is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in the winemaking which amounts to anything from 40% in the NV to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne. The Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the house many accolades and awards over the years.
The Taittinger Collection first began in 1983, when Claude Taittinger approached his first artist, Hungarian Victor Vasarely. The idea was to create a unique bottle for the 1978 vintage champagne. Amadou Sow created the 13th Edition of the collection, a leading African artist from Senegal, designed with colourful bubbles.
An exceptional summer of sun and hot weather created a vintage that produced the finest quality grapes. 2002 began with low rainfall and a mild winter, this combined with the summer led to a fruitful harvest with large quantities of grapes. 2002 is regarded as the best vintage in the past two decades.
We recently acquired this champagne in March 2016, it's showing six years after its initial release how spectacular a vintage 2002 is and a great example of how these vintage champagnes can develop. On the nose an aroma of delicate fruit, on the palate a well rounded intensity of brioche and fresh apricot with a real creaminess developing. A champagne with great structure with a long lingering finish.
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir 50%, Chardonnay 50%
Dosage: 9 g/L
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“Pungent, soft, Pinot-like and sweetish. Easy to drink but not very challenging though it certainly isn’t too fizzy.”
“The 2002 Millésimé Brut is a beautiful, poised wine that artfully balances fruit and structure. The fruit here reveals slightly honeyed overtones, along with suggestions of smoke and minerals that add further complexity. This medium-bodied Champagne closes on a strong note with a long, clean finish. The blend is equal parts Pinot Noir (Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne) and Chardonnay (Côte des Blancs), all from grand cru villages. This is Lot: L7210MZ01600 June 14, 2007.”
“Bright gold with a fine bead. Smoky, powerfully scented bouquet displays lemon custard, buttery brioche and dried flowers. A spicy, focused midweight, offering juicy pear and mineral flavors and a late note of bitter lemon zest. Gains power with air and finishes with lingering pear and mineral notes. This is complex enough to drink now.”
“With its aromas of very pure, crisp fruits, this ripe wine from the great 2002 vintage is so complete. It has flavors of dried fruits, apricots and pear, and a texture that fills the mouth with a tight, mineral character. Impressive now, it does need to age, or even be decanted before serving.”
This Champagne House was originally established by Jacques Fourneaux, under his own name in 1743, making it the third oldest Champagne House. Jacques came from a family of important vineyard owners and was succeeded by his son Jerome who was the advisor to the young widowed Nicole-Barbe Clicquot. Jerome blended all the Veuve Clicquot wines between 1805 and 1810.
There is little to say about the formative years which were uneventful compared to the post-war period when it enjoyed great success. Having been purchased in 1932 by Pierre Taittinger, he went about changing the name to Taittinger Mailly & Cie. Pierre then started purchasing a great number of vineyards really cheaply as the economy was depressed and land was going for a song.
Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the First World War as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property whose name came from the history of cultivating alternating plots of black and white grapes. This was one of his most revered purchases.
Today, the Reims based House is headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanual Taittinger and his son, Clovis and daughter Vitalie both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House. Taittinger's home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These forth century Roman cellars once belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great Champagne.
Owning some 288 hectares of vineyards in the best localities of Champagne makes it the second largest domaine owner in the region. The most famous of these are the vineyards surrounding Château de la Marquetterie and parcels in the prestigious Côte des Blancs. This ensures a regular supply of approximately 50 per cent of Taittinger's annual needs, significantly more than other well known Champagne houses. The remaining 50 per cent come from carefully selected growers, some of whose links go back four generations. As quality is of paramount importance, Taittinger only uses grapes from the finest vineyards in Champagne. Taittinger ranks in the top two major Champagne Houses in terms of self supply. The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40 per cent in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100 per cent in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years.
All the Chardonnay grapes used in the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs come from the 100 per cent rated vineyards of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Mesnil-Sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs. The vineyards are managed under the careful eye of Vincent Collard, Champagne Taittinger's highly regarded vineyard manager. All the wines are made under the watchful eye of Taittinger's long standing 'Chef des Caves' Loïc Dupont.