(2022) Eighty-five percent of Taittinger's blend is vinified as a white Champagne, before 15% of Pinot Noir, made as a red wine with skin contact, is blended. That gives a relatively deep colour, and plenty of warm, creamy strawberry fruit character. In the mouth there is a perception of sweetness because of that pretty and ripe fruit, though of course this is Brut, and little toasty notes mingle with red berries before a fresh, appetising finish. A very nice style from the family-owned Taittinger. Quite widely available (also in Tesco, Morrison and independents too) for between around Â£39 to Â£45 per bottle.
(2018) Composed of 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, a proportion of which was vinified as a red wine, then blended with 40% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, this is aged on the lees for three years. It has a bold and relatively deep pink colour, and a lovely nose of wafting summer berries but with a little Pinot quality of sweer earth and lightly balsamic notes. In the mouth it is a substantial and fruity Champagne, a touch of creaminess, but has a fine core of acidity that shimmers through to the finish.
(2015) 12% abv. A relatively deep pink, this is all sour lemons, rotted apple (that's nice by the way!) and a touch of toffee too. The palate is brisk and fruity, some raspberry and small red fruit notes, but plenty of lemony acids too. This is juicy proper wine, and well done, with a long, smart and crisp finish. Delicious.
(2015) A blend of the three main Champagne grapes. It has a very delicate and pale salmon/peach colour, and tiny streaming bubbles. The nose is all about small red fruit delicacy too, with a gentle, authentic sour apple note and a deliciously fresh palate: savoury and dry, those red berry flavours are wrapped in stylish acidity, touches of lemon and minerals into the finish. Pretty as a picture, yet elegant to the last.