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Taittinger : Prélude Grands Crus
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Taittinger : Prélude Grands Crus

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Taittinger : Prélude Grands Crus

The Colour of the Taittinger Prélude "Grande Crus" is characterized by a bright pale yellow with silver highlights, due to the strong presence of fine Chardonnays. The fineness of bubbles persists, drawing a lace of carefully creamy foam. On the nose at first, minearl scents are expressed to finally give way to floral and vegetal aromas, enhanced by delicately spicy cinnamon keys. On the palate, the attack of this champagne is surprisingly intense, brighlty fresh on citrus notes. The texture evolves into a more rounded and silky aspect, giving way toßthe expression of white peach in syrup flavours. The final of the Taittinger Prelude "Grands Crus" is long and intense.


The elegance and aromatic richness of a Grand Cru champagne by Taittinger

The producer

The history of the Taittinger Champagne House began in the early 20th century. Ran by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger and his two children, Clovis and Vitalie, the Taittinger House has managed to preserve its family spirit by producing champagnes that are resolutely Chardonnay in style. Since 1st January 2020, Vitalie Taittinger is the President of the Taittinger Champagne House.

The vineyard

The vineyards of the Taittinger Champagne House stretch over 288 hectares of vines and include 37 different crus. This makes Taittinger the third largest vineyard in Champagne. The entire vineyard holds the High Environmental Value certificate.

The vinification and ageing

Made from first press wines only, this Prélude Grands Crus by Taittinger is seducing due to its finesse, its structure and its delicate alliance between the minerality of Chardonnay and the aromatic richness of Pinot Noir. This Champagne has benefited from a 5-year ageing period in the cellars of the house.

The blend

Taittinger's Prélude Grands Crus comprises a blend of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%), both rigorously selected from classified Grands Crus terroirs.

The tasting

Colour

The colour of Taittinger's Prélude Grands Crus is a bright pale yellow with silvery highlights due to the strong presence of Chardonnay. The finesse of the bubbles persists, creating a bead of smooth foam.

Nose

At first, the nose expresses mineral scents, before giving way to floral and vegetal aromas, enhanced by delicate hints of spicy cinnamon.

Palate

On the palate, the attack of this Champagne is surprisingly intense and brilliantly fresh with citrus notes. The texture evolves towards a rounder and silkier aspect, allowing the flavours of white peaches in syrup to express themselves. The finish of Taittinger's Prélude Grands Crus is long and intense.

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Taittinger : Prélude Grands Crus
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
The new release of Taittinger's NV Brut Prélude Grands Crus was disgorged last year after six years sur lattes and finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. Unfurling in the glass with notes of fresh peach, brioche, citrus rind and a deft touch of smoky reduction, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a concentrated and muscular but elegant profile, displaying a bright girdle of acidity and a long, penetrating finish. Based on the 2012 vintage and sourced largely from Avize, Mesnil, Mailly and Verzenay, it's an excellent bottling that still flies somewhat under the radar.
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