Champagne Taittinger Brut Cuvée Prestige, Reims, France

Champagne Taittinger was established in 1931 by Pierre Taittinger on the foundations of Forest-Forneaux, itself established in 1734 and the third-oldest wine producing house of Champagne. It is one of the largest in the region and also considered one of the most elite – consistently producing some of the most exciting bubbly wines anywhere in the world. Chardonnay 40%, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier from at least 35 villages. The high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) is unique among fine nonvintage Champagnes. The presses are located in the vineyard for immediate pressing of the fruit after the manual harvest, and the resulting must is cold fermented under temperature-controlled conditions. After resting until the end of winter, the wine isblended, and then the final cuvée undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle in Taittinger’s cool cellars. Theaging of Prestige Brut on the lees for almost 4 years more than doubles the legal minimum of 15 months. This extra time in the cellars allows the wine to reach the peak of aromatic maturity, and the result is a delicately
balanced Champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality. This wine has a subtle, pale gold color with fine, persistent bubbles. It is delicate, with aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla pod, and brioche on the nose and flavors of fresh fruit and honey on the palate. Points of distinction: Contains a higher proportion of the finer Chardonnay grape than other nonvintage Champagnes, giving elegance and freshness to the wine.
Taittinger ages Prestige Brut on the lees more than twice as long as is required by
AOC law.