Brut Millésimé 2013
Italians of my generation have known this maison thank to the sublime interpretation of Massimo Boldi in Yuppies 2. He uncorked a Jeroboam of Tattinger while flirting with an astonishing Russian lady in his best friend bedroom. Epochal! Since then, every time that I see a Taittinger I think to that episode, but generally I don’t buy it, as I am not a big fan of the cuvee. Instead, I am always buying a bottle of this vintage whenever I have the opportunity. It has been a big surprise!
Wine making techniques
This nectar is an equally weighted blend of Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, and the
beginning of the Marne valley and Chardonnay from the Côte de Blancs. The Grand Crus make up a significant proportion at 70% while the other selected villages are all classified as Premiers Crus. The Brut Vintage comprises only wines from the first press. Then the divine nectar ages for 5 years.
Just bring your nose closer to the glass, and you understand that this vintage has something special. The nostrils are captured by pleasant hint of citrus, nectarine and pear. After few moments a lusher note of honey come out. The bubbles in the glass are extremely thin and elegant. The first sip confirms the opulence expressed at the nose, the pear is so succulent. You can almost feel its fleshiness. The considerable minerality and the sprinkle white pepper make everything more vibrant.
It is really nice a champagne from Taittinger, ticking almost the boxes. Probably it lacks a bit of complexity, but if you think it is a just a 2013. It has still a lot of years ahead to evolve. Don’t get me wrong; it is fully enjoyable already now.