Montagne De Reims, Champagne

Taittinger

La Francaise Brut Champagne Blend

This wine has a pale lemon hue with a delicate mousse. 🥂 🍾

👃 On the nose, this wine has a medium intensity of bright and youthful aromas including primary notes of white peach, yellow apple, pear tart, lemon zest, white blossom, and wet stone; also secondary notes of yeast, pastry, brioche, and marcona almonds.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry (Brut), with crisp, medium(+) acidity, a light body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose, but with a stronger citric focus. The finish is medium.

🤔 This wine has a high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) for a non-vintage (NV) Champagne; it also has Pinot Noir (35%) and Pinot Meunier (25%) 🍇 . It is delicate and light. This wine spent 3-4 years "on the lees." Aging "on the lees" or "sur lie" is a wine-making practice (legally mandated in Champagne!) leaving the wine in contact with dead yeast cells, a.k.a. yeast particles that were used up in the fermentation process. In Champagne, an NV wine must undergo a minimum of 15 months aging with at least 12 months "sur lie". Taittinger has exceeded these minimums, which undoubtedly contributed to the presence of yeasty, bready, doughy, toasty, pastry notes that typify Champagne. 😍😍

I love that this Champagne House remains owned and operated by the founding family (who also owns the beloved Domaine Carneros in California). 💕💕 Having a glass and you get a sense for the love and attention to quality, carrying on the family tradition of excellence, elegance, and finesse.

Did I mention @champagnetaittinger is now planting vines in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧, near a village (Chilham) in Kent? This English sparkling is expected to be on the market in 2023/2024.

Cheers to always innovating, but also staying true to your roots 🙌🙌
— 11 days ago

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Ericsson

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Had many times. Your review makes me crave it. Cheers.
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Ericsson Yay 🙌 Cheers to the next glass 🥂

Paul Bara

Spécial Club Brut Grand Cru Champagne Pinot Noir Rosé 2012

Splurge Sunday evening! I truly was going to wait until WE vintage chart signaled ready to drink.
Second bottle of this and it is exceedingly more developed and yummy! NO regrets!
This is full of rich flavor...apple butter, pears, brioche, apple orchard, vanilla pudding, jasmine
and graphite! 😁🍅🥐🍐
— 16 days ago

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Really love this rosé champagne!
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Dawn E. 😍 😍 Cheers!!🥂
Trixie

Trixie

So nice! Enjoy your splurge!🥂

H. Billiot Fils

Réserve Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Awesome! This is so good. Been a while but as good as remembered. WH — 7 days ago

Paul, David and 5 others liked this

Egly-Ouriet

"Les Vignes De Vrigny" 1er Cru Brut Champagne Pinot Meunier

Shay A
9.3

Without a doubt, my favorite champagne producer. While the Crayeres and VP are my favorites, this was my first time enjoying the all Pinot meunier offering. This was opened alongside Billecart’s Rendezvous No1 and Prevosts’ La Closerie LC 17 (all three being Pinot meunier).

Disgorged mid 2019 after three years on the lees. This screamed Pinot meunier out of those three. The La Closerie (my favorite meunier champagne) has so much cardamom, and espresso coffee tones to it, and the Billecart seemed like a nice, bright champagne yet wasn’t overly expressive. The Egly had so much gummy fruit (like gummy fruit snacks), which I always get with meunier. Extremely expressive. Bright stone fruits on the nose along with spiced pear. Definitely a floral component...tangerine like. The palate is mostly racy at the core but surrounded by rich texture. An excellent representation of Pinot meunier.
— 9 days ago

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@Joshua Fisher : No, most meunier champagnes I’ve had haven’t come across as yeasty. Low dosage here is likely a factor.
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👍👍👍
Peter van den Besselaar

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Fine description

Pehu Simonet

Face Nord Millésimé Grand Cru Champagne 2008

Lyle Fass
9.3

Great nose. Super earth and berry like. Red berries, light blueberries, superb minerality and wonderful airy expansiveness. Good depth and very precise. Citrus peel. Palate is awesome. Dry and super racy with insane precision and razor like acidity. Really dense but oh so light. The citrus is really coming on strong on the nose. Some hints of toastiness. Really nice. Super complex nose developing. Sappy citrus on the palate and a perfect example of a skeletal Champagne. Very pure. Really clean but also seems closed and wants to give more. Finish is very long. Very complex. Coiled but so much potential. I’ll be back. — 18 days ago

Severn, Josh and 3 others liked this

Paul Dethune

Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend

So I still can’t figure out exactly what was in the back end of this thing but drinking the champagne was so many delicate flavors of yeasty biscuits and straw and grassy lemon Notes for the very end it was like biting into the juiciest blackberry or plum you could think of. The acid hit you in the tongue at the point where it just felt like your mouth is watering with this juice but it was from a dark berry kind of flavor. Fascinating and delicious and for somebody doesn’t really like champagne I would drink it again. — 2 days ago

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L. Aubry Fils

Sablé Brut Rosé 1er Cru Rosé Champagne Blend 2014

Just ripe slightly green strawberries on the nose, crushed limestone, red baking apple, so mineral, a hint of butter. Acid wash on the tongue. Finish lingers and lingers. Killer bubbles. Aubry always delivers. — 4 days ago

Tom, Stephen and 21 others liked this

Louis Roederer

Brut Premier Champagne Blend

NV True to type with nice high acidity to counterplay scrambled eggs on Sunday morning. — 3 days ago

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Jean Lallement

Réserve Rosée Brut Grand Cru Champagne Pinot Noir

We like rosé a lot, and this one is a good one. Mostly red berries and cherries on the nose, rich and bold, fine bubbles, perhaps lacking a bit of nuance. Excellent with or without food. — 3 days ago

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Taittinger

Les Folies De La Marquetterie Brut Champagne

Amazing Champagne. Nose is toasted nuts and brioche. Very dry on the palate with just the right amount of acid. Continuation of the toasted buttery notes on the palate. Great finish as well. Beautiful release by Taittinger. — 9 days ago