Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru Champagne
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Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru Champagne

Champagne, FRANCE
$120. 00 Bottle
$1440.00 Dozen
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Cork

Other Reviews....
The nose is shy and subtle, though notions of red apple, peppery rye crumb, stone and lemon emerge with more air. Tightly coiled, the palate suggests spicy riches with its insinuations of white pepper and tangerine peel. A lovely interplay of Pinot richness and Chardonnay slinkiness, showing depth, svelteness and elegance. It justs needs air to breathe. Gorgeous. Drink: 2020 - 2030.
96 Points
Anne Krebiehl MW - Decanter.com

(a 50/50 blend of Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Mailly, Bouzy and Ambonnay; around 10 g/l dosage; L33830X01300): Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of buttered toast and honey. Toasty orange and pear flavors are braced by juicy acidity, picking up a suggestion of chamomile with air. Finishes dry and precise, with repeating mineral and toast notes.
91 Points
Josh Raynolds - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (January 2015)

A tighter and firmer dry Champagne with a compact, minerally palate. Lovely, fine and creamy bead. Soft, round mid-palate with lemon, lemon-curd and green-apple flavors. Fresh finish. Linear. Made from one year. All from grand-cru vineyards. 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir. Drink now.
93 Points
JamesSuckling.com (January 2022)

The latest release of Taittinger's NV Brut Prélude Grands Crus is showing nicely, offering up aromas of pear, crisp stone fruit, warm biscuits and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and precise, with tangy acids and fine depth at the core, this is still a little reserved after what I suspect is quite a recent disgorgement, and it will merit a little patience. Drink 2022 - 2037.
93 Points
William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (September 2021)

Breaking my usual rule here of not reviewing any NV that doesn’t have a batch number/disgorge date/cuvee or similar, and I believe Taittinger are opposed to including any sort of batch identification too. Shame. Well, anyway, it’s Christmas and I really like this wine, but make no guarantee that you’ll be supping the same batch. Made only from Grand Cru vineyards and held on lees for five years.
Toasty with plenty of bready complexity and powerful lemon and mixed nut flavour. Intense acidity and focus–strong and firm—then a long briny/mineral finish. Muscular but graceful. So much fizz packed into one bottle, though it’s still easy to drink. Terrific.
94 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (December 2012)

A blend of equal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards. It is a rich wine, tightly textured with citrus and tangy acidity. There is a tense core of crispness, with intense fruit and a dry aftertaste. This is a fine bottling that should age further, so drink from 2018.
93 Points
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast (December 2017)

There's a pleasing viscosity to this elegant Champagne, with sleek acidity creating a mouthwatering frame for the flavors of wild cherry, toast point, preserved lemon and honeycomb. Offers a lingering, creamy finish. Drink now through 2023.
92 Points
Alison Napjus - The Wine Spectator (November 2019)

This really has the creamy signature of Taittinger. Quite rich but precise and with some finesse too. Orange peel. Then quite chewy after the crème pâtissière mid palate. Drink 2020 – 2026.
16.5 / 20 Points
JancisRobinson.com (June 2019)