Taittinger, Brut Reserve Champagne, NV
A 40% chardonnay blend (of which 35% from cru vineyards) with pinot noir; mushroom cork closure, 12% abv. Ann et Vin, 375ml, about £19.
Vinification – legal minimum 15 months ageing including at least 12 months on the lees; in this case 3-4 years on the lees.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – medium intensity gold, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of warm malted bread, brioche, biscuit, lots of warm honey.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin, medium alcohol and medium (+) body, and with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm honey, biscuit, toast, and roasted nuts. A delicate mousse, with a medium persistence, and a long length.
Quality – a very good quality brut, with a complex well-developed range of flavours, with a finish that just goes on, with a harmony and balance between all elements that makes the wine seem effortless.
It’s only a half bottle but it drinks very slowly as one savours the aromas and flavours.