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Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case
|Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case - 75cl||Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case - 75cl||£245.00|
The proud owners of 288-hectares of vineyards in the best localities, Taittinger self-supply half of their grape needs. The hallmark of the Taittinger style is the high percentage of Chardonnay, providing the characteristic elegance, delicacy and freshness for which their champagnes are so well-known. The pride of the House is the pure-Chardonnay prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne, a pioneering blanc de blancs that ranks amongst the finest of all prestige cuvées. In late 2015, Tatittinger announced that they had started sparkling wine production in Southern England.
Cellar Master: Loïc Dupont
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): 6,000,000
This unique and rare Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case is an exceptional celebration of the diversity of vintage champagne. Showcasing the qualities of the incredible 2002, 2006 and 2008 vintages expressed with the characteristic Chardonnay-dominant Taittinger style, this Limited Edition case includes one 75cl bottle each of Taittinger Brut Vintage 2002, Taittinger Brut Vintage 2006 and Taittinger Brut Vintage 2008.
Taittinger Brut Vintage 2002: An exceptional summer of sun and hot weather created a vintage that produced the finest quality grapes seen in the last twenty years. The 2002 season began with low rainfall and a mild winter: this combined with the summer led to a fruitful harvest with large quantities of grapes. 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 and a long lingering finish.
Taittinger Brut Vintage 2006: The 2006 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 a few plots. However, the summer weather was impressive and the sunshine proved vital in the growth and ripeness of the grapes. A pale gold champagne that is still relatively youthful, however already intense flavours are refreshing with hints of apple and a lasting creamy finish. This has considerable ageing potential.
Taittinger Brut Vintage 2008: The 2008 season began with a frosty winter that affected the vines and resulted in a late bud burst. However, the weather in May improved resulting in fast-growing vines. Disease in the vineyards had to be controlled due to regular damp conditions. However, a bright and warm summer 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 with a freshness that continues throughout to the finish, lingering long with complex flavours.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Ageing: 4 years on the lees
Dosage: 9 g/l
Taittinger Brut 3 Vintage Case includes three 75cl bottles as described, presented in a beautifully crafted and branded wooden case (as shown in the picture on the left).
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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.