Brut Millésimé 2009
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.
Wine Spectator2009 vintage
Wine & Spirits2009 vintage
The year began with a harsh winter, characterized by severe frosts and frequent snow. Milder weather arrived in April and saved the vines from spring frosts. The vegetation, then, grew quickly immediately after bud break. Storms, rain and low temperatures resulted in some outbreaks of flower abortion and uneven grape size. This capricious weather continued, and the appearance of some mildew between June and July became inevitable. Fortunately, a sunny, dry, hot August, with cool nights, provided ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen. The Chardonnay wines were rich, structured, and varied. The Pinot Noirs presented an intense bouquet with fresh notes of peach. Good acidity and remarkable freshness suggest that 2009 will be a high quality vintage.
Brut Millésime 2009 is a very fine champagne with a mature, powerful, complex character. It also presents outstanding elegance and finesse. The nose offers a mellow fruitiness with white and yellow fleshed fruit such as William pear, greengages and mirabelle plums. This is followed by notes of white flowers and dried fruit. On the palate, the attack is fresh, rich, mature and generous. The mid-palate is dominated by fruit in syrup, followed by slightly honeyed notes on the finish.
This is a perfect champagne for an aperitif and also goes particularly well with white meat dishes with a sauce, such as veal with chanterelles.
GRAPES: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
ACIDITY: 6.20 g/l
AGING: 5 to 6 years
DOSAGE: 9 g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 10.9 g/l
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
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