Taittinger Cuvée Brut Millésimé

Cuvee: Extra-Brut
Vintage: Multi-Vintage

The 2004 Harvest

Champagne Taittinger only produces a vintage when the harvest is of exceptional quality.

The harvest, which started with the Chardonnays on 20th September, proved to be one of the most abundant in the history of the Champagne region.

The grapes were very healthy and of excellent quality. The Chardonnays were of remarkable quality: balanced, complex, long, fresh and invigorating. The Pinots Noirs were elegant and well structured.

Despite its unremarkable weather conditions, 2004 is an exuberant vintage. Although winter was cold, there was no period of intense chill. Spring was very pleasant with little rainfall.

The blossoming was very steady, beginning in mid-June amidst cool temperatures.

Cool and seldom sunny, summer was dry until mid-August when a much needed period of rain commenced. The return of the sun and warmth at the beginning of September helped the fruit ripen.

Despite its youth, Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2004 already possesses a remarkable balance between finesse, elegance and delectability.

It is only after several years of ageing in the cellar to allow the aromas to slowly develop and the wine to acquire length and complexity that these precious bottles find their way into the hands of connoisseurs.

The Blend

Taittinger Brut Millésimé is a Champagne blended exclusively with the first pressing. It is composed of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) which are mostly harvested from the Grands Crus of Montagne de Reims and the edge of Vallée de la Marne.

Tasting Notes

Eye

Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2004 has a pale yet radiant yellow colour. The clean effervescence gives off an abundance of bubbles rising to form a lingering ring of foam.

Nose

The first impression on the nose combines flintiness and yeasty bread aromas. This quickly gives way to a fine, intense, sweet fruitiness, as scents of crystallized lemon, mandarin fruit drops and a flowery touch of acacia honey emerge.

Palate

On the palate, the fruity entry is sublimely crisp and rich. The mid-palate is balanced, structured and smooth, releasing sugary pink grapefruit flavours. The long, generous and complex finish is especially lively.

Food Pairing

Taittinger Brut Millésimé makes an ideal aperitif, but is especially recognised and appreciated by gourmets as the perfect accompaniment of the finest foods.

Conservation

Its immeasurable freshness suggests excellent ageing potential.


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