One of the very few champagne houses to still be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label is Tattinger. The brand is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance as its popularity is increasing globally, with this year’s sponsorship of the World Cup, and its subtly delicious, chardonnay-rich champagnes being increasingly sought after as the posh tipple of choice for many an elegant occasion.
The origins of this much loved brand start back as far as 1734 when the original House was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Tattinger link came about in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger was stationed at Château de la Marquetterie during the war, fell in love with the property, vineyards and miles of cellars, and pledged that one day he would return and own them – a dream which came true. Today, Tattinger is headed up by Pierre’s grandson, Pierre-Emmanual, and his son, Clovis and daughter Vitalie both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House.
The hallmark of the Tattinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years. Tattinger is now served in over 150 countries worldwide.
Taittinger Vintage 2005
This exceptional Champagne comprises 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay which creates delicacy, elegance and finesse. The nose combines yeasty, bread aromas with scents of lemon, mandarin and acacia honey. The fruit on the palate is sublimely rich and fresh and the finish is long, generous and complex.
RRP £53.00, Stockists: Amps Fine Wines, Majestic, Hedonsim Drinks, Ellies Cellar, Woodwinters Wines & Whiskies, Partridges of Sloane Street, Hailsham Cellars, www.winedirect.co.uk
Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV
This wine is a Grand Cru blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The nose is subtle and fresh with mineral notes, elderflower and spicy cinnamon. Fresh citrus dominates the palate giving way to a full, mellow taste reminiscent of white peaches in syrup. The finish is long, rich and expressive.
RRP £49.00, Stockists: Handford Wines, Constantine Stores Limited, Vats Wine Company, The Oxford Wine Company, North & South Wines, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Hedonism Drinks, Amps Fine Wines, www.ocado.com, www.winedirect.co.uk, www.champagnedirect.co.uk
Taittinger Nocturne Sec NV
The “after dinner” Champagne. This is a sec style comprising 40% Chardonnay. Aged on its lees for 3-4 years before disgorgement, a 20g dosage of pure cane sugar is added, which is the key to Nocturne’s style. The nose is subtle and fresh with notes of white blossom, ripe peach and dried apricot. The palate is soft, fresh and mellow and the finish is long and soft with a subtle sweetness.