The same vintage I tasted last year, the 2015 Champagne Millésime Brut pours a bright straw hue and has developed more attractive aromatics since last year. Raised entirely in stainless steel tank for this vintage, with 9 grams per liter dosage, it’s equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with 70% of the best grapes from the Grand Cru villages and 30% of the best wines from the Premier Cru Villages. Lush with aromatics of wet stone, orange marmalade, and ripe apricot, it takes on a darker mineral undertone. Fleshy and full-bodied, it has a bit of bitter citrus on the finish, adding structure over acidity, with an expansive texture and rounded mousse. It’s in a very nice place at the moment and will have a fair bit of life ahead over the coming 10-15 years. Disgorged December 2022.
The NV Champagne Prestige Brut Rosé is 30% Chardonnay, about 20% Meunier, and the rest Pinot Noir, with 12-15% still red wine added from Pinot Noir and the base vintage from 2018. It pours a deep pink color and offers aromas of ripe red cherry, fresh flowers, and blood orange. Full-bodied and juicy all the way through, it is ripe with loads of wild berry fruit and has a long and slightly warming finish. It would be suitable as a wine to end the night or as a juicy aperitif. Drink 2024-2034. 9 grams per liter dosage.
Coming from the 2019 base vintage with 35% reserve wine, the NV Champagne Reserve Brut retains the same blend, but they’ve added a new update to the label as well as a QR code. A bright straw color, the NV Champagne Reserve Brut is fresh with ripe aromas of fruit cocktail, ripe peach, lemon curd, and fresh bread dough. Highly consistent with the previous year, it’s fresh, inviting, and long on the palate, with ripe, silky fruit, a lively mousse, and a clean, juicy finish. This is the signature wine of the house. Drink 2023-2030. Disgorged in February 2023 and sees the classic 8 grams per liter dosage.
Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the NV Champagne Grand Crus Prelude Brut is based on the 2017 vintage and comes from the villages of Ambonnay and Bouzy for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly for the Chardonnay. The same release that I tasted last year, it’s developing nicely and harmonizing, with aromas of toasted almond, lemon custard, ripe orchard fruit, and fresh chalky earth. Filling the palate, it’s full-bodied and powerful, with a driving texture of citrus oils and a long, savory, mineral-toned finish. It displays a nice balance between its ripe fruit and its mineral tone. Drink 2023-2033. 9 grams per liter of dosage.
The NV Champagne Folies De La Marquetterie Brut is made with 55% Pinot Noir (notable, given that Taittinger is a Chard house) all coming from the Premiere Cru Pierry (which is around the castle) and the rest Chardonnay. About 30-35% of the Pinot Noir was raised in old oak barrels, with the base vintage of 2017, and 10-20% reserve wine. The wine takes on a savory note and is a bit tropical in its profile, with ripe pineapple, golden fruit, fresh flowers, and a light herbaceous tone. Rounded and full-bodied, with the oak adding a bit of texture over its imprint on the wine, it has a silky, luxurious, ripe profile with a fluffy mousse and a clean, savory finish. Generous and open now, it will provide a solid drinking window over the next 5-8 years. 9 grams per liter dosage. 75,000 bottles produced.