24/12/2018 – Taittinger Nocturne Sec

(2018) It's been several years since I tasted this 'Sec' Champagne from Taittinger, meaning it has more residual sugar that Brut wine, probably around double at 17.5g/l. That's rarely my favourite style of Champagne to be honest, but this wine proves what a good house Taittinger is, the hint of sweetness adding no more than a carressing, creamy softness on the finish. Such is the striking limey acid balance of the wine, its structural integrity due to that and a firm, firm core of fruit, that along with long ageing to add a savoury, bready body, it feels light and fresh until the last drop of the long finish. A lovely post-dinner pick-me-up or perhaps a match with the lightest desserts. On offer until 31st December 2018 in Tesco at just £25, that's a helluva bargain. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.

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