Taittinger Tuesdays

Any day is a good day for Champagne, so why not make #TaittingerTuesdays a thing? I am pulling out a Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé for the occasion. My mother-in-law brought it for us from Ireland, complete with the cute carrying case, so we were lucky enough to enjoy it with her upon her return.

Pierre Taittanger first discovered the Champagne region during the First World War when he was an officer. His passion for wine and gastronomy drove him to return years later, with his brother-in-law, to invest in the Champagne business. Founded in 1932, Taittanger has grown to become one of the great Champagne houses in the region.

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This cuvée is crafted with Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Noir (35%) fruit harvested from Montagne de Reims and Les Riceys. Most of the grapes are pressed in vineyard press houses. At the winery the must undergoes a cool-temperature fermentation. 85% of the blend is vinified as white wine and the remainder is vinified as red wine. The vibrant pink color comes from adding a small proportion of still red Pinot Noir (15%) from Ambonnay, Bouzy and des Riceys. The final cuvée is blended from an extensive range of at least 15 diverse crus, and usually more, of the Champagne region as well as young reserve wines that express the blend’s fresh, lively Pinot fruit. After second fermentation in the bottle, the wine spends three years on the lees in the bottle to develop complexity and bouquet.

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This bright pinkish, salmon-colored wine has fine bubbles. The aroma gives off red fruit notes. There is a nice effervescence on the mouth. It’s dry, but lush, with fresh berries and a hint of Chardonnay vibes on the back end. We paired it with herb cheese and crackers before dinner. I found it at Total Wine for $70, so it’s a little bit of a splurge, but it’s no coincidence that it’s also #TreatYoSelfTuesday (at least in my mind). In the $$$ price point, I give it 4.5/5. Cheers!

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