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Champagne Taittinger, Prelude Grands Crus NV (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay | Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: FRCH0176BNVS
Your price: £39.02
Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.
When Pierre Taittinger first discovered the Champagne region, he was an officer serving in the First World War. He returned several years later with his brother-in-law and began investing his time, energy and enthusiasm into a nascent Champagne business. Taittinger is now back in the ownership of the Taittinger family with Pierre-Emmanuel at the helm alongside his children Vitalie and Clovis.
The blend is made soley from fruit grown in Grand Cru classified vineyards. 50% Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs (including Avize and Le Mesnil sur Oger) and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims area (including Mailly, Ambonnay). There are 17 named Grands Crus in Champagne covering approximately 9% of the vineyard's total surface. A selection of these are used in Prélude each bringing precise characters to the wine for example minerality, structure, fruitness.
See also the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Champagne Taittinger, Prelude Grands Crus NV - fiche technique
Residual sugar = 9g/litre.
The colour is a brilliant, pale yellow with silvery highlights, reflective of the high proportion of Chardonnay. The bubbles are fine and form a lasting and delicately creamy mousse. The nose is subtle and fresh. The initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints of elderflower and spicy cinnamon overtones. Flavours are dominated by intense fresh citrus fruit which then give way to a much fuller, well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent of white peaches in syrup. The finish is long, rich and extremely expressive. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif but has the structure to match grilled fish and seafood.