Champagne Taittinger Vintage Brut 2008

A newly-released vintage from the famous Champagne house, Taittinger.

What to say about the 2008? I likely approached the wine with high expectations. Taittinger tends to produce really masculine, flavoursome Champagnes and I didn’t expect this wine to be any less. After all, they only make it in the most exceptional years.

Luckily I wasn’t disappointed, even if I wasn’t left speechless. It’s as masculine as you’d expect, by which I mean the wine feels lively and pungeant, with biscuit and yeast notes dominating the nose. Some white fruit gets through.

On the palette it is dry with grapefruit and apple, all nicely refined, albeit a little chewy. Some plum and flint-like complexity. The finish is like creamed buttery bread, with just a haze of the fruit lasting too.

Not perfect but, as usual, infinitely enjoyable.

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Serve with…

…a range of cheeses; it would suit from the mild to the strong.

BFW Rating


Overall

Yeasty, pungeant Champagne. Very dry. Made for celebrating!

Body:
Dry


Variety:
Pinot Noir, Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier


Region:
Champagne, France


Alcohol:
12.0%

Vintage:
2008


Price:
c. £40+


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