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.
Parker : 94 / 100
J. Robinson : 17.5 / 20
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.