特價

Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV

NT$ 2500

描述

The latest release of Taittinger’s NV Brut Prélude Grands Crus is showing nicely, offering up aromas of pear, crisp stone fruit, warm biscuits and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and precise, with tangy acids and fine depth at the core, this is still a little reserved after what I suspect is quite a recent disgorgement, and it will merit a little patience.

 

One of Champagne’s largest houses, Taittinger is also among the region’s largest landholders, with their 288 hectares of vineyards supplying some 40% of their requirements. Since 2006—once again under family control—Taittinger has been going from strength to strength. Vinification is mainly in stainless steel, though around 30% of the maison’s small Folies de la Marquetterie cuvée ferments in foudre, and since 1988, a small proportion—amounting to around 5%—of the vins clairs for Comtes de Champagne spend a few months in wood. The Taittinger style is pure and expressive, emphasizing charming fruit but gaining in tension and taking on a gently reductive edge as one ascends the house hierarchy to the flagship Comtes de Champagne bottlings. Comtes is one of the most reliably age-worthy wines in Champagne, yet it continues to represent terrific value when compared to—frequently inferior—tête de cuvée bottlings from other Grandes Marques. And the eagerly anticipated 2008 vintage, previewed during this tasting with chef des caves Alexandre Ponnavoy, will be worthy of enthusiastic pursuit when it is released sometime within the next 12-18 months. Two others cuvées that fly under the radar are the Folies de la Marquetterie—from parcels Taittinger is farming in pursuit of riper, more concentrated fruit—and the Prélude Grands Crus, a seriously age-worthy Champagne that sometimes gets somewhat lost in the Taittinger range. I’ll be reporting in more depth on this important house in the near future, but for now, all these releases come recommended.