Chardonnay Champagne France
Created to commemorate Thibaud IV Comte de Champagne, the aristocrat who planted the original Chardonnay vines in France circa 13th Century. First vintaged in 1952, it is produced exclusively from the delicate first pressing of the most extravagantly valued Chardonnay grapes, grown to perfection within the ancient communes of the elite Côte des Blancs. Taittinger is still crafted under the historic cellars of the 13th Century Abbey Saint-Nicaise, in the heart of Champagne in Reims.
Taittinger is one of the last remaining family owned Champagne houses. In 1931, Pierre Taittinger purchased the historic Forest-Fourneaux, re establishing the ancient house as Champagne Taittinger. Revered by critics all over the world, Taittinger is the very definition of sophistication, elegance and finesse. This outstanding wine is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality, vinified exclusively from white Chardonnay grapes grown to the most renowned Crus of the prestigious Cotes de Blancs. To guarantee the Comtes finesse, only the purest free run juices are included, before ageing almost ten years in bottle under the chalk Maison Crayères at Saint-Nicaise.
Pale straw colour, a fine, elegant bead. The nose presents fine aromas of toast and oak echoed by delicate notes of vanilla and brioche. A fresh and smooth palate of pink grapefruit and white peach follows with a long and refined, rich, toasty finish, lasting and complex. It's delicacy and generous fruitiness is matched by supreme ageing potential. This celebratory and ceremonial wine is the perfect accompaniment to seafood and shellfish.