Wine Spectator 92 points - A very expressive Champagne, offering lots of smoky minerality and layered flavors of lemon curd, cherry puree, grated ginger and spice, bread dough and hazelnut. Mouthwatering, with fine, detailed texture. Drink now through 2025. 150 cases imported.-AN
(Dec 31 2012)
Vinous 92 points - Once again, I am deeply impressed with the 2005 Brut Millesime Champagne, a truly lovely wine in what was a very challenging year. Pastry, almonds, pears, apricots and smoke are all layered together beautifully in the glass. Burnished overtones add an element of resonance that is hugely appealing. This is a terrific showing.
Taittinger Brut Millesime is produced from selected Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in vineyards in several of the
finest microclimates of the Champagne region. It is produced only in vintage years when the harvest yields fruit of
excellence equal to Taittinger’s rigorous standards of quality. The Chardonnay grapes are harvested from the Grands Crus
of the Cote des Blancs and the Pinot Noir comes from the Grands Crus of Montagne de Reims and the edge of Vallee de la
Marne. Following harvest, the grapes are pressed immediately in press houses located among the vineyards, yielding a first
pressing which is the only juice used for this wine. At the winery, fermentation takes place under temperature-controlled
conditions. Blending occurs after the primary fermentation, and thereafter the final cuvee undergoes the secondary
fermentation in the bottle in Taittinger’s cool cellars. Aged for five years on the lees, the wine acquires complexity and the
fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle.
|Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. The firm is distinguished for its extensive vineyard holdings of 752 acres, including prestigious Grand Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs and Montagne de Reims regions. Unlike most large houses, Champagne Taittinger relies primarily on estate grapes for its portfolio of Champagnes. Also unique are the higher proportion of Chardonnay in its wines that gives Taittinger its signature style, and the time devoted to aging the wines before release—most often greatly exceeding the legal requirement, in a practice that also has become a Taittinger hallmark.