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Taittinger produces a Vintage Champagne only when the harvest has been of exceptional quality. Made from first press wines the wine is only released after several years of cellar ageing, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop.
2009 began with a harsh winter, characterized by severe frosts and frequent snow. Milder weather arrived in April and saved the vines from spring frosts. A capricious weather characterized by storms, rain and low temperatures lasted until Summer and a dry, sunny and hot month of August provided ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen and be in good health. The resulting wines were rich, structured, and varied with a superb minerality on the palate. Good acidity and remarkable freshness are the hallmarks of this high quality vintage.
The Taittinger Brut Vintage 2009 is a pale radiant yellow with an abundance of fine bubbles rising to form a delicate persistent necklace. The first impression on the nose combines flintiness with yeasty bread aromas. This quickly gives way to a fine, intense, sweet fruitiness, of crystallized fruit scents of lemon and mandarin with a flowery touch of acacia honey.
On the palate, the fruity attack is sublimely fresh and rich. The mid-palate is balanced, structured and smooth, releasing flavours of sugared pink grapefruit. The exceptional intensity of the finish is long, generous and complex.
This splendid vintage champagne can be enjoyed with grilled and roasted white meats, fish and shellfish. Besides making an excellent aperitif, Taittinger Vintage has the depth and complexity to marry with creamy fish dishes such as Lobster Thermidor.
Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2009 is a blend of grapes exclusively from the first pressing. It consists of 50% Chardonnay from the “Grands Crus” of the Côte des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the “Grands Crus” of the Montagne de Reims and the start of the Vallée de la Marne. Dosage is 9 grams per litre.