|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier|
Prelude is the culmination of Taittinger's desire to produce a Grand Cru blend, on par with Vintage Champagne. A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, it is made to the elegant house style. A brilliant pale yellow with silvery highlights, its bubbles form a lasting, delicate creamy mousse whilst subtle, fresh floral aromas of elderflower with slightly spicy overtones follow through to an initial fresh, citrus palate, finishing long and rich with hints of peach. L&S (Mar 2019)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Bright, attractive, directly fruity style here with an array of white peaches, lemons and grapefruit. Super fine, elegant palate with plenty of flavor on offer. This has nailed the aperitif brief! Drink now. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Aug 2018)
(a 50-50% chardonnay-pinot noir blend made from the first pressing and aged for more than 5 years on the lees; 300 cases of 6, SRP $70). This stylish effort offers excellent aromatic complexity with its expressive nose of brioche, pear and floral elements. There is good crispness to the delicious flavors that are supported by an admirably fine mousse as well as the excellent finish depth and length that one would reasonably expect from grand cru fruit. This could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years if you prefer more mature flavors. A lovely effort. Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com
2006 Rating: GOLD International Wine Challenge 2015
The Taittinger family are famous producers of champagne. Headed by Claude Taittinger. The Group is ranked in the top 250 businesses in France. Its diversified holdings included Champagne Taittinger, Societé du Louvre and Concorde Hotels, whose flagship is the famed Hotel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
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