Champagne Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie is a special cuvée from Taittinger, a single vineyard wine made in only small quantities from south / south west facing vineyards surrounding their historic Chateau de la Marquetterie. Chateau de la Marquetterie is located to the west of the village of Pierry, in the heart of the Champenois vineyards and faces the Cote de Blancs. The Chateau was built in Louis XV style in 1734 but was not acquired by the Taittinger family until 1932. The vineyard surrounding the Chateau is known at “Les Folies” (because the locals thought it was crazy to grow grapes on such a steep hill) and the grapes for the Champagne Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie are sourced exclusively from this vineyard. The vineyard is planted alternating square plots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and, in the autumn, these produce a red and yellow pattern of squares much like a chessboard or marquetry, hence the name, Chateau de la Marquetterie. The cuvée is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay picked after the first green harvest to ensure optimum sweetness and aromas. Only the juice from the first pressing is used and each plot in vineyard is vinified separately which ensure the winemaker much more control over the final blend of the cuvée. Part of the Chardonnay is matured in large oak barrels, known as foudres, which helps to increase the creaminess of the wine. This full-bodied, creamy and complex Champagne is aged for at least 5 years prior to release for sale and has a dosage of 9 g/L.