N.V. Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose 375 ml

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$21.95
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BOTTLE!...375ml, TWO ARE LESS EXPENSIVE THEN ONE 750ML! BEAT THAT!!

"Spice and graphite accents lace flavors of crushed raspberry and peach, mineral, biscuit and candied lime zest in this open-knit rosé Champagne. Firm, with a lively, polished bead. Drink now through 2020. 32,500 cases made, 1,800 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"Based on the Brut Reserve, with the addition of red wines largely produced in-house (from sites including Les Riceys), the latest release of Taittinger's NV Brut Prestige Rosé is showing very well, bursting with aromas of raspberries, red berries, brioche, rose petals and blood orange. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and comparatively textural, with good depth at the core and a chalky, gently phenolic and distinctly sapid finish.

One of Champagne's largest houses, Taittinger is also among the regions largest landholders, with their 288 hectares of vineyards supplying some 40% of their requirements. Since 2006 once again under family control, Taittinger is 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 some time 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." (WA)

"Darker color. Lots of fruit and a creamy texture with cooked apples and cherries and strawberry undertones. Medium to full body. Delicious finish that is dry and fruity. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Taittinger Prestige Rose immediately stands out for its intense, shimmering hue whose secret lies in the fact that it is a blend, which is more complex and costly to produce. A quantity of still red wine (15%) produced from the best Pinot Noirs from Montagne de Reims and Les Riceys is added to the final blend, to give this cuvee its unmistakable color and vibrant intensity on the palate. The high proportion of Chardonnay (30%) that completes the blend brings the elegance and delicacy that underpin Taittinger's signature style.

TASTING NOTES:
The intense and brilliant body is bright pink in color. The bubbles are fine, and the mousse persistent. The full nose, wonderfully expressive, is both fresh and young. It gives off aromas of red fruits (freshly crushed wild raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant). On the palate, this wine strikes a fine balance of velvety and full-bodied. The flavors are reminiscent of fresh, crisp red fruits. The palate can be summed up in four words: lively, fruity, fresh and elegant, as only a rose blend can be.

PAIRING:
Taittinger Prestige Rose can be enjoyed both early on and at the end of an evening. Deliciously fragranced for an aperitif, it is also a subtle accompaniment to fruit desserts, including fruit tart, fruit salad and red fruit crumble.