HISTORY Founded in 1734, the company is controlled by the Taittinger family, which has played an important role in the political and economic life of France for several generations. Because it is a family business, and one of the few remaining champagne houses to be managed by people who bear its name, finest quality and respect for tradition are constant priorities at Taittinger. Taittinger owns a total of 276 hectares of vineyards, situated in the best localities in Champagne. This ensures a regular supply of high quality grapes for the production of its delicate, finely-balanced champagne which has gained world-wide recognition amongst connoisseurs. Every year more than 150, 000 people from around the world visit the Taittinger Cellars situated beneath the Abby of St. Nicaise. These cellars were dug in the Gallo-Roman period and extended by the Benedictine monks in the 13th century to store the locally produced wines in which they traded. Two thirds of its production is exported and can be found in more than 150 countries. TAITTINGER BRUT RÉSERVE NV Composition Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of some 30 Chardonnay wines (40%) and Pinot Noir wines (30%) and Pinot Meunier wines (30%) from a number of different vineyards and matured to perfection. Such a high proportion of Chardonnay is seldom found among the great champagnes. Tasting The colour is brilliant, golden straw yellow. The bubbles are fine and the mousse persistent. The nose, very expressive and open, is both fruity and bready. It exudes aromas of peach, white flowers (may blossom, acacia) and vanilla pod. On the palate, this lively fresh wine is at once in harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey.