The Friday Bubble – Review of the new release of Taittinger Prestige Rose NV with Essi Avellan


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Today on The Friday Bubble with @essiavellan MW, we compare the new release of Taittinger Prestige Rose NV alongside its predecessor. This is a new blend of Taittinger Rose launched with the dominant year of 2019 vintage in mid 2023.

Alexandre Ponnavoy identified these reliable parcels of Pinot Noir giving ripeness in the grapes suitable for red wine:
Ambonnay four parcels: La Bouteille, Le travers des Avès, Saint Remy and La Grande Ruelle
Verzennay one parcel: Les Rochelles.
Hautvillers a special “lieu dit” Les Bissmarlettes.
Les Riceys one parcel: Les Eglanceaux, planted pre 1970.

The red wine percentage is now reduced and only from the vintage of the dominant year in the non-vintage blend. 30% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier.

A new rose was born, more gastronomic where you can feel the impact of the red wines, giving fresh red berry fruit and a touch of tannin. The red wine percentage is now reduced and only from the vintage of the dominant year in the non-vintage blend. During the eight years trial much work was done on making the red wine with this being the eventual process: cold maceration of grapes for 4 to 5 days before the alcoholic fermentation to extract a maximum of fruit, colour and the DNA of each terroir, followed by 10-15 days further maceration during fermentation. Alexandre says they test the tank 5-6 times a day to determine the precise “drawing off time.” During the process much is done to ensure supple tannins, the wines always complete MLF. Alexandre says if they wanted to make a Coteaux Champenois they have the right wines, but rose is given the priority.