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Taittinger Brut Millesime

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Here Taittinger takes a step up with it's vintage offering. It's quite a citrusy number, with smells of lemons, limes and oranges decorating the nose, together with yellow peaches, white florals and buttered toast. The palate is quite rich, with lush stone fruit flavours, brisk citrus, bright acidity, a touch of sweetness, and a smooth, creamy finish. Try it with some seared scallops in a lime dressing.

Winemaker's Notes

Taittinger Brut Millesime has a pale yet radiant yellow colour. The clean effervescence gives off an abundance of bubbles. 

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 crystallised lemon, mandarin fruit drops and a flowery touch of acacia-honey emerge. 

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

Its immeasurable freshness suggests excellent ageing potential.

Perfect as an aperitif, this wine is also the ideal accompaniment to fish in sauce or white meats.

Reviews and Accolades

"A successful expression of carefully managed champenization that is at once both rich and nuanced, this nicely made effort overlies elements of minerals and lemon cream with a good bit of yeast albeit with a lighter hand. Its tiny, pin-pointy bubbles lend it a fine, creamy feel, and it conveys an ongoing sense of proportion and balance from beginning to end. Despite being a bit older, it has lost nothing in energy, and, in this case, age has resulted in real polish."
90 Points - The Wine Advocate.

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Tyson Stelzer (2004 Vintage) says
Chardonnay of elegance and minerality takes the lead here, producing a fine, pure and pristine style, even in a year as exuberant as 2004. Subtle lemon fruit and fine minerality speak of Taittinger’s skill with chardonnay, while pinot noir provides body and balance. $88 at Dan’s.
Wine Taste Edition 18: June 10, 2010

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