Taittinger | Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Pinor Meunier
CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER BRUT LA FRANCAISE
The estate has been making wine for over 300 years! In 1734, a wealthy textile merchant named Jacques Fourneaux founded a Champagne house named Forest-Fourneaux. He worked with Benedictine monks — at the time, the owners of the region’s finest vineyards — to learn how to produce sparkling wine. By the 1930s, however, Forest-Fourneaux hit hard times, with Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the First World War negatively affecting exports.
In 1932, a wine merchant named Pierre Taittinger acquired the estate and relaunched it under his family name. Part of the sale included the opulent 18th-century Château de la Marquetterie as well as the monks’ original vineyards. PIERRE TAITTINGER WAS A FRENCH WAR HERO. His first visit to Champagne came while serving in the French army. After sustaining combat injuries, the young officer was transferred to Château de la Marquetterie, which was being used as a French command post at the time. During the stay, Taittinger promised himself that, if the opportunity ever arose, he would one day purchase the grand estate for his family. And He Did!!! In recognition of his First World War service, Taittinger received the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honour), the French military’s highest order of merit. Words: Tim McKirdy - VINEPAIR
It’s pale gold with a persistent, quiet perlage wreathed in toasty notes of ginger and white petals. The fine, buttery mousse feels cleansing but offers alluring hints of beeswax or honey. The finish is pointed, a wash of clean citrus. Words: Meg Maker - Terroir Review