Taittinger, Prelude Gran Cru
The cuvee comes together through the careful selection of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grands Crus which creates the ideal prelude to a unique moment of pleasure and celebration. The brilliant body is pale yellow with silver highlights. The bubbles are fine and form a persistent and delicately creamy ring of foam. The wine is subtle and fresh on the nose. The initial mineral aromas quickly give way to green and then floral notes with the fragrance of elderflowers and spicy cinnamon undertones. The entry onto the palate is clean and lively, dominated by very exceedingly fresh citrus notes. These segue into much fuller, rounder, and silkier flavours where white peaches in syrup predominate. The finish is rich and lingering. Aged for more than five years in the cellar, the Prélude cuvée is unique for its remarkable youth and great wealth of flavours.
Ideal as aperitif or accompaniment to classic seafood dishes.
The Taittinger family has managed the Champagne House for nearly a century. Its aim has always been the pursuit of excellence. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger has embodied this commitment for 40 years, and today he shares it with his son, Clovis and his daughter who both work beside him in the day to day running of the Champagne House. The estate was bought by the Taittingers – a family of wine merchants – in 1932, and thanks to the great depression and subsequent low land prices, the family also picked up huge swathes of vineyard. From 1945-1960, Francois Taittinger established the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and after his death in 1960 his brother Claude took over, pushing the estate into a Champagne house of world renown. Such was the status of the label that the Taittinger family soon expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this eventually led to financial difficulties, and in 2005 the Taittinger brand – including the Champagne house – was sold to the American owned Starwood Hotel Group. The sale was badly received by the Champagne industry, with many fearing the new owners – unfamiliar with the culture of Champagne – would put profit ahead of quality. Once Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger had bought back the family Champagne House in 2006, he assembled a backroom staff of motivated young professionals to work with him, forging its future. Taittinger is therefore one of the few remaining independently owned Champagne Houses.