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A truly wonderful wine from the start but slow to develop in the glass this time. As usual, Taittinger succeeds very well in warm, acid-weak vintages, when neighbors' wines often appears flat and simplisitic. Despite the fact that the acidity is not particulary accenutated here either, the vineyards' aromatic citrus fresh touch leaves a fresh, uplifting side to the creamy, fat smoothness. The finish is certainly chalky and elegant , but it raises to heavenly heights with a 1976-like butterscotch soft, warm sweet flavored embracing pillow.
With just a touch of bottle age giving a toasty character, this impressive wine is already showing some maturity. That said, the apple and citrus character, the mineral tight texture and crisp acidity promise some aging. The wine conveys a sense of elegance, intensity and richness. Drink now, but the wine will also age.
Taittinger is one of the few Champagne houses still owned and operated by its original, founding family. Distinguished for their unique higher proportion of Chardonnay and longer aging period before release, the house repeatedly produces critically acclaimed wines with consistent scores. The prestigious Champagne tends to be more delicate and refreshing, and they make a range of styles from demi-sec and rosé to limited edition special releases. From Grand Cru vineyards in Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims regions, Taittinger Champagne is elegant, luxurious and will remain a cellar-worthy collectible for years to come.
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