Taittinger Brut Vintage 2012
France / Champagne
Andy's Tasting Notes
I think this could be the best Vintage Taittinger since the superb 2002 vintage. It has layers of depth and complexity, wonderful length and with the extra bottle age it’s now gaining a superbly lingering, creamy overtone. Though lovely now, no rush to drink – will further improve till 2026, and keep for a further 5 – 10 years if well cellared.
50% Pinot Noir 50% Chardonnay.
Winemaker tasting notes – “Pale radiant yellow with an abundance of fine bubbles rising to form a delicate persistent necklace. The first impression on the nose combines flintiness with yeasty bread aromas. This quickly gives way to a fine, intense, sweet fruitiness, of crystallized fruit scents of lemon and mandarin with a flowery touch of acacia honey. On the palate, the fruity attack is sublimely fresh and rich. The mid-palate is balanced, structured and smooth, releasing flavours of sugared pink grapefruit. The exceptional intensity of the finish is long, generous and complex.”
Price per bottle £57.00
43 in stock
Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label.
Taittinger owns 288 hectares of vineyards in the best localities of Champagne making 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.
Their winemaking approach produces a Champagne style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years. Taittinger’s home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These 4th century UNESCO listed 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.
Taittinger is under the “authorisation préfectorale”, a French government local representation, which requires it to follow certain environmental procedures. Examples include: industrial waste classed and weighed in by different type, card, wood, glass, plastic, aluminium and taken to recycling plants. Taittinger is also undertaking a number of steps to respect official environmental regulations on water and waste as well as implementing a plan to reduce their environmental impact concerning energy usage, water and waste.
Food matchAperitif / fish with cream sauces