There are big names and then there are big producers and next weekend we are dedicating our Saturday in store tasting to a champagne house that fits both categories - Taittinger.
The Champagne region produces approximately 300 million bottles of bubbles every year, so Taittinger's 5 to 6 million bottles annually may pale in comparison but it is from one of the top five biggest producers, in terms of numbers.
It also has a fascinating history. Pierre Taittinger bought the estate in 1932, which included the acquisition of the decadent Chateau de la Marquetterie (pictured in this blog). That's when Champagne Taittinger was born. It joined the Union des Maisons de Champagne in the 1950s, which made it one of the Grand Marques - a well known group of producers, which also includes Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Moet & Chandon and Louis Roederer.
The best known Taittinger wine is its Brut Réserve. This blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (35%) and Pinot Meunier (25%) is consistently dominated by Chardonnay grapes, which also form the heart and soul of the top wine from this house - Comtes de Champagne. This champagne is 100% Chardonnay and only produced in outstanding years which, in the Champagne region, tends to mean warmer vintages.
So, to our Saturday tasting this coming weekend. We will open two Taittingers for customers to taste.
Here are the details...
What: A tasting in store for customers
When: 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 22 December 2018
Where: Regional Wines & Spirits at Elice Street by the Basin Reserve in Wellington
Taittinger Brut Reserve
Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus Cuvée
(A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) from Grands Crus Vineyards.
Join us: We would love to see you in store next Saturday for a taste of both of these beautiful, opulent wines from the world's most famous bubbly region.
Bring a bubbly loving friend along.
We hope to see you then in store at Regional.