09/10/2016 – Champagne Taittinger, Prelude Grand Cru

(2016) I've reviewed this wine a number of times over the years, always with scores in the 90s, as it is one of my favourite wines from this family-owned Champagne house. Composed of 50% Chardonnay from the Côte de Blanc and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, it is aged for a minimum of four years on the lees and always contains around 25% of reserve wines, helping to give it its characteristic richness and finesse. It is delicate, but does have those brioche and apple-pie notes of fruit and pastry, a fine full-bodied texture and pin-sharp acidity, the freshness does not detract from the sense of generosity. A terrific Champagne and chosen as my Wine of the Week as there's a great price at time of writing from Edencroft Fine Wines - it's generally around £45 per bottle. Note Edencroft's price applies only if buying a case of six bottles.

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