Taittinger Champagne House

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http://www.taittinger.com

Established

1808

Ownership

Nearly privately owned and operated by one branch of the Taittinger family following a recent buy-back.  

PRIMARY ADDRESS / Cellar Door

9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France

As Champagne’s sixth largest house, you should be familiar with their flagship NV which is a very solid wine, sold at a reasonable price-point. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger wrestled ownership back into the family in the mid 2000’s and has been on a mission to improve quality at an already formidable house.

Chardonnay has always formed the base of the house style and it is always a treat to try their Blanc de Blanc, Comte de Champagne prestige cuvee. This wine should be on any serious Champagne fan’s wish list.

Fruit Sourced from

288 hectares of estate-owned vineyards supply half of their fruit mostly in the Cotes des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. More fruit is sourced from growers including Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly, Cramant, and Vertus.

Chef De Cave

Lioc Dupont.

Famous For

While their NV is widely distributed, all Champagne aficionados who are partial to Blanc de Blancs will fall head over heels for their prestige cuvee, Comtes de Champagne.

General Winemaking Process

Full malolactic fermentation on all cuvees. Minimum of 3 years + on lees. Natural cork is used exclusivey. Low temperature tank fermentation.

General Winemaking Style

Very fine, chardonnay-centric, green & fresh mixed with incredible length and depth.

Production Per Year

Estimated annual production of 5.6 million bottles (6th largest house in Champagne).

Interesting Fact

Their fruit pickers are paid by time instead of the typical grape volume process.