Champagne Taittinger, Brut Vintage 2014 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay | Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: FRCH0172B14S
Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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The 2013 vintage was awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. Its origins date back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today's company acquired the House. Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the 1st world war as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property and its vineyards and eventually purchased the company.Today, the Reims-based House is headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, his son, Clovis and daughter, Vitalie, both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House.
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. The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years. Today it is served in over 140 countries worldwide and made recent history by becoming the first Champagne house to purchase land in England to ultimately produce a premium English Sparkling Wine.
Taittinger produces a Vintage Champagne only when the harvest has been of exceptional quality. Made from first press wines the wine is only released after several years of cellar ageing, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop. Winemaking The Taittinger Brut Vintage comprises only wines from the first press with a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The Grands Crus make up a significant proportion at 70% while the other selected villages are all classified as Premiers Crus. A 5-year long ageing period in the cellars unlocks its full potential.
The 2014 was characterised by mild temperatures and frequent rainfall.There was some frost in late March but thankfully it did not cause any significant damage.This was followed by a spell of hot weather which brought forward the vine’s vegetative cycle by 10 days. Full flowering began in June. Summer was a combination of dry, wet and cold spells.The year was marked by an unprecedented outbreak of disease, which endangered the fragile Pinot Noir skins. Harvest took place from 8th to 20th September.lso the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Champagne Taittinger, Brut Vintage 2014 - fiche technique
Residual sugar: 9g/litre.
Lively fruity and floral aromas of lime blossom and honeysuckle lead to almond notes with hints of brioche. The palate is crisp and precise with excellent balance and sophistication.