Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne
An exuberant mousse sits atop a pale straw coloured base that has glittering pale gold edges and a fine, very persistent bead flowing through it. A mix of baked bread, dried pear and yeast lees scents are offered up by the nose trailed by hints of toast and citrus. On the palate pear and citrus fruits are pitted against toasty yeast lees and almond characters. Subtlety creamy in its feel it finishes dry, crisp and refined.
Taittinger has the largest family-owned vineyards in Champagne. This wine is 40% chardonnay, and 60% pinot noir and pinot meunier – 30% of it from reserves. It matured on yeast lees for at least three years. Balance is key, in the white flowers/peaches of the bouquet and the honey and vanilla of the palate.
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