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Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus NV

Mix 12
£40.00
Mix 6
£42.00
Per Bottle
£46.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Originally known as Forest-Fourneaux with history dating back to 1734 and in 1932 Pierre Taittinger bought the House and the Taittinger label was born. A century of incredible growth saw Taittinger become one of the biggest producers and today is one of the last big independent, family-owned Houses. Pierre-Emmanuel retired in 2019 and was succeeded as President by his daughter Vitalie. They own 288-hectares of vineyards and the Taittinger style is the high percentage of Chardonnay. In 2017 Taittinger received two environmental accreditations: the ‘Viticulture Durable en Champagne’ (Sustainable vine-growing in Champagne) and the Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE – High environmental sustainability.)

The blend is made from 50% Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs primarily from Avize and Le Mesnil sur Oger and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims area including Mailly, Ambonnay. It is the speciality of the Grands Crus that bring precise characters to the wine such as its minerality. There are 17 Grand Cru Villages, the top rated locations which is about 14% of champagnes total vineyard area.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs: Avize and Le Mesnil sur Oger | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims: Mailly and Ambonnay
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 5 years on the lees
Dosage: 9 g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: The bubbles are fine and form a lasting and delicately creamy mousse. The nose is subtle and fresh. The initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green apple and ripe citrus with floral scents with hints of and spicy cinnamon. Flavours are dominated by intense fresh citrus fruit which then give way to a much fuller, well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent of white peaches. The finish is long, rich and extremely expressive. Extremely great value since all the grapes are from the best and top rated Grand Cru villages of Champagne.
Champagne Taittinger Overview
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Expert Reviews
91 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Highly toasty, developing, sweet fruity and perfumy nose. Rich and velvety on the super smooth palate with perfectly integrated soft mousse. Long, concentrated and fruity. Layers and layers of toast and fruit. The high quality of the fruit is evident. One of the very finest non-vintages. Well worth keeping for a few years. ”
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Gangyan Wang
“A great glass from this half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir all from the very best Grands Crus villages, never disappoint me . Great prelude.”
Awards
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CSWWC 2020 Gold
CSWWC Gold 2019
News Articles
  1. 2018 Vins Clairs: A Vintage Summary

    2018 Vins Clairs: A Vintage Summary

    June 14, 2019

    Earlier this year, we tasted a range of 2018 vins clairs with winemakers at fifteen different houses in Champagne. Thanks to exceptional weather throughout the year, some have been calling it 'the vintage of the century' and expectations are already sky-high. But just how much potential does 2018 have?
  2. Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 7, 2019

    The unusual weather patterns in 2018 produced the "perfect conditions for the vineyard", according to new Taittinger Chef de Cave Alexandre Ponnavoy. We met last month to taste the vins clairs, which displayed incredible specificity: each wine showcasing the distinctive characteristics of its individual origins.
  3. The Future According to Taittinger

    The Future According to Taittinger

    October 20, 2017

    Our trip to Reims in August included a smorgasbord of Taittinger: over twenty champagne tasted with head winemaker Loïc Dupont, including an interesting look into the future with Comtes de Champagne 2008 and 2012.
  4. Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    March 30, 2017

    We tasted the 2016 base wines with Vitalie Taittinger, Loïc Dupont & Damien Le Sueur. Discussing the influence of oak barrels, the new 'image of Taittinger Rosé', the potential for Comtes 2016 and Taittinger's new winery; this was a truly eye-opening visit.
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