WA - ROBERT PARKER
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WA - ROBERT PARKER
In 1932, Pierre Taittinger bought the Domaine and the Château de la Marquetterie, formerly Maison Forest- Fourneaux. As early as 1734, the aforementioned Maison had been working with the Benedictine abbeys, which had the most beautiful vineyards in Champagne. With the arrival of Pierre Taittinger, a new chapter began, as he restored the House to its former glory. In 2007, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger took over as head of the House, with excellence as his main ambition: “Having our family name written on a bottle brings with it responsibility and a demand for constant high standards. Our signature encompasses the know-how of the past and a commitment to tomorrow. " Today, it is Vitalie Taittinger, his daughter, who drives this vision. She has been President of the House since January 2020.
Over the years the Taittinger vineyard has grown steadily, today spanning 288 hectares. The vineyard is planted with 37% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier, distributed among 37 different crus, which are some of the best under the Champagne appellation. Today it is the second largest estate in Champagne and one of the most certified, with accreditation for High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne.
Aged for more than five years in the cellar, the Prélude cuvée is unique for its remarkable youth and great wealth of flavours. The brilliant body is pale yellow with silver highlights, a sign of the high proportion of exceptional Chardonnays.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, lingering and bursting with flavour. Prélude «Grands Crus» is a joyous blend of finesse and complexity. its balance of freshness and aromatic expression is outstanding
Prélude “Grands Crus” is a cuvée that makes an excellent aperitif or accompaniment to classic seafood dishes.