Brut Millésimé 2006
Grapes: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Taittinger Brut Millésimé is produced from selected Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in vineyards in several of the finest microclimates of the Champagne region. It is produced only in vintage years when the harvest yields fruit of excellence equal to Taittinger’s rigorous standards of quality. The Chardonnay grapes are harvested from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs and the Pinot Noir comes from the Grands Crus of Montagne de Reims and the edge of Vallée de la Marne. Following harvest, the grapes are pressed immediately in press houses located among the vineyards, yielding a first pressing which is the only juice used for this wine. At the winery, fermentation takes place under temperature-controlled conditions. Blending occurs after the primary fermentation, and thereafter the final cuvée undergoes the secondary fermentation in the bottle in Taittinger’s cool cellars. Aged for five years on the lees, the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle.
Overall, 2006 was a hot year. After a very dry autumn, the winter was cold and snowy, but fortunately there was no damage in the vineyard. The spring brought steady, mild weather, and ended with the vines flowering between 12 and 18 June. The summer was very variable, with exceptionally hot periods punctuated by numerous storms in July, followed by cooler temperatures and overcast skies in August, while September saw renewed heat and the start of a dry spell, which did not, however, have a negative effect on the volume of the harvest. The harvests began on 7 September and were relatively spread out, in order to take into account the unevenness in the ripening. Rain arrived at the end of the harvest, but yields were high enough for us to be able to select the best grapes.
The Taittinger Brut Vintage 2006 has a bright, pale yellow colour. The effervescence is lively, with abundant, very fine bubbles. The nose instantly reveals great finesse, with elegant notes of vine flowers. This is followed by intense, sweet, fruity aromas, evoking currants and quince paste, accompanied by a hint of aniseed on the finish. The attack is generous, rich and fruity, underscored by flavours of yellow fruit compote and greengages. The mid-palate is flavourful, very smooth and generous, suggesting fruit paste. The finish is uniform, very well-structured and full-bodied, developing a slightly tannic note. Already presenting finesse, richness and body, the Brut Vintage 2006 promises to age well.
Ideal with a wide variety of foods such as seafood and white meat dishes.
GRAPES: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
ABV: 12.5 %
AGING: 5 to 6 years
points of distinction
- A classic vintage Champagne produced from equal parts of black and white grapes
- Produced only in exceptional vintage years
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
– Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, President
“The wine for connoisseurs.”
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