Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case
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Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case

"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.

2002: 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. 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.

2006: The vintage began with a cold winter, little frost and few spells of rain. The spring was more positive but there was still several episodes of hail that affected several plots. However, the summer weather was impressive and the sun shine proved vital in the growth and ripeness of the grapes. Considerable ageing potential. A pale gold champagne, that is still relatively youthful, however already intense flavours are refreshing with hints of apple and a lasting creamy finish.

2008: The vintage began with a frosty winter that to affected the vines and resulted in a late bud burst. However, the weather in May improved leading to the vines growing fast. Disease in the vineyards had to be controlled due to regular damp conditions. However, a bright and warm summer has created a harvest renowned for its liveliness and freshness.
On the nose, yeasty bread aromas combine with an abundance of ripe fruits. The palate is full of lemon and mandarin hints, this freshness is continued throughout to the finish which lingers with complex flavours.

Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case
JancisRobinson.com,
Jan 2010
16.5/20
“2002: Pungent, soft, Pinot-like and sweetish. Easy to drink but not very challenging though it certainly isn’t too fizzy.”
VinousMedia.com,
Oct 2016
90/100
“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. ”
Jancis Robinson.com,
Jun 2012
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16.5/20
“2006: Creamy, baked apple, a certain smokiness. Well built, solid and sophisticated. Very enjoyable and immediate. Medium bodied. (RH)”
VinousMedia.com,
Aug 2016
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92/100
““Taittinger’s 2008 Brut Millesimé is a powerful, bold wine. The intensity of the year has been tempered by lovely mid-palate depth and what feels like dosage that is on the higher end of the spectrum, which means Taittinger’s 2008 is more accessible now than many other 2008. Dried pear, brioche, honey, mint, chamomile and wild flowers blossom into the creamy, inviting finish. There is a lot to like. Although not especially complex, the 2008 should drink well for the next decade or so. And the 2008 Comtes? Well, it is shaping up to be epic.””
Bought directly from Hatch Mansfield, the UK agent for Taittinger. This is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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