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Taittinger, Folies de la Marquetterie NV (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir | Chardonnay
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12.5%
Product Code: FRCH0449BNVS
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Your price: £41.45

Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).

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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 beautiful Château de la Marquetterie, where Pierre Taittinger was stationed in the First World War, is the family’s pride and joy. The Folies de la Marquetterie cuvée is made in his memory and celebrates the heritage of Champagne Taittinger. The project began at the beginning of the 2000s with the aim of making a cuvée for foodies. Initially, it was a single domain cuvée, highlighting the terroir around the Château in the plot named ‘Folies’. In 2014 however the blend was revisited in order to broaden the aromatic palette. Folies de la Marquetterie is no longer made from a single plot but several from the finest terroirs  of the Taittinger house – though, of course, the Folies plot remains predominant.

This cuvée is the story of the Taittinger house - the beginning of Taittinger's history. Grapes are sourced from Taittinger’s own vineyards including the superb grapes grown in ‘Les Folies’, surrounding the Château de la Marquetterie. A "green" harvest is carried out on the selected plots of vines to ensure the fruit offers optimum sweetness and aromatic maturity. Only wines from the first pressing are used and defined lots are vinified in small volumes lot by lot, with certain lots of Chardonnay vinified in large oak casks to give added weight and creaminess. Folies de la Marquetterie is a blend of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir. Slow, on-lees ageing for 5 years in bottle brings the flavours of this Champagne to perfect harmony. This wine is made to be a creamier style, making it particulary suited to food pairing.

Residual sugar = ~11g/litre (upper end of Brut).

Deep yellow with golden highlights and fine, delicate bubbles. It has an intense, fruity bouquet with aromas of peaches, apricot jam and subtle hints of toasted brioche and vanilla. On the palate is it full-bodied, fruity and graceful with golden peach flavours. The long finish is distinctive with light toasty notes. All in all Folies de la Marquetterie is a full flavoured, harmonious Champagne distinguished by its immense richness and complexity.