Taittinger is synonymous with the greatest of champagnes and remains one of the very few houses that remains in family hands. Pierre Taittinger bought the property in the 1930s but the vineyards stretch back to the beginning of champagne history in the 18th century, when they were tended by one of the founding fathers of champagne wine, Dom Jean Oudart a Benedictine contemporary of the perhaps more famous monk, Dom Perignon, whom he outlived. The Prelude Grands Crus is created from a 50/50 selection of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grands Crus vineyards and is aged for at least five years in the cellars linked to the ancient 13th century Abbey St. Nicaise. Pale yellow in colour with fine mousse and subtle and fresh nose. In the mouth, immediately the well-bodied palate speaks to the greatness of the wine, with floral scents of elderflower and spicey cinnamon tones. Intense citrus and white peaches. NV (non-vintage) champagnes are blended to create, as it were, the perfect year and nowhere is this truer than for Prelude Grands Crus. An Eton Vintners favourite!
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More InformationChampagne remains the pinnacle of sparkling wine-making, despite the proliferation of ’traditional method’ sparkling wines on the market. The region’s success continues unabated, even in recessionary times. The winning combination of top quality grape varieties, a northerly climate, hundreds of years of winemaking using the ‘méthode champenoise’, as well as an efficient marketing strategy, has ensured the reputation is upheld. The vineyards of Champagne cover an area of 34,000 hectares, or 3.4% of the entire French vineyard area. There are 15,000 growers who work these vineyards, with 150 cooperatives of varying sizes, and 300 Champagne ’houses’, or négociants. Most of the area lies on limestone soils, which is important in this relatively wet climate - amongst other benefits, limestone drains well, preventing problems associated with water-logging or excess vine vigour.
The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne appellation law only allows grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of Champagne. Some sparkling wines produced in other regions of the world use other grapes.
In the Côte des Blancs, where Chardonnay thrives, the Vallée de la Marne has a sunny climate, bringing a fruitier, forward character to the wines, which is accentuated by the Pinot Meunier variety. Both the warmer slopes of the Montagne de Reims and the more southerly vineyards of the Côte des Bars, in the Aube, suit Pinot Noir well.