Champagne Taittinger Brut Vintage is only made in vintage years that are good enough to warrant being bottled on their own. The origins of Champagne Taittinger date back to the original house founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux. However its links to the Taittinger family started in 1931 when it was purchased by the founder of today’s company; Pierre Taittinger. Today it remains owned and managed by the Taittinger family and is headed up by Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger. Pierre Emmanuel’s son, Clovis Taittinger and daughter, Vitalie Taittinger both work in the business making it very much a family affair. The Taittinger headquarters are in Reims, situated above magnificent 4th Century Roman cellars which at one time belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise. Its miles of tunnels and cellars are perfect for the slow but necessary ageing process involved in making this great Champagne. The hallmark of the Taittinger blend is the high percentage of Chardonnay it contains,this gives the wines ultimate elegance, delicacy and finesse. Taittinger only makes a vintage champagne when the harvest has been of such outstanding quality that it deserves to be fully vinified. The wine is then only marketed after several years of ageing in the cellars, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop.
Champagne Taittinger Brut Vintage is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay grapes are mostly from the grands crus of the Côte des Blancs and the Pinot Noir grapes are from the crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne. These origins combined with the exclusive use of first pressing juices are necessary elements for great aromatic finesse and a long storage time.