Taittinger Prelude Grand Crus nv
France / Champagne
Andy's Tasting Notes
As well as their famous Brut Reserve, Taittinger also produce what they call ‘Specialities’ made in small quantities to reflect a particular story relating to their viticulture, location or vinification.
Prelude is produced from fruit grown only in Grand Cru classified vineyards – 50% Chardonnay from the Cotes des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims.
Very elegant yet creamy and floral with delicious hints of orchard fruits and lingering minerality. Kept on its lees for 4 years to develop, and only released after spending at least 5 years in the cellars in Reims.
Lovely to drink now but will further improve if kept for another 5 years.
Price per bottle £43.00
17 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 matchWhite fish in a delicate cream sauce