Champagne Taittinger Brut ‘La Francaise’, 375ml, Reims, France

Taittinger Brut La Francaise is produced from select Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes grown in the finest microclimates of the viticultural area of Champagne. The ‘first pressing’ juice is cool fermented under temperature controlled conditions, after which the wine rests. Blending occurs after the primary fermentation, and thereafter the final cuvee undergoes the secondary fermentation in the bottle at 45 to 50 F in Taittinger’s cool cellars, during which the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle. Before remuage, it is aged three to four years, as opposed to the required minimum of 15 month, to develop body and bouquet.