Taittinger, Brut Rosé Cuvée Prestige Reims

Taittinger Rose Prestige NV #1

Taittinger Rose Prestige NV #2

Approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir (of which 15% is still PN from Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 30% Chardonnay.  Chardonnay is sourced from a number of crus in the Marne and Aube; the Pinot, from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Les Riceys. Aged at least three years in Taittinger’s caves.  Disgorged May 2011.  This is Lot L1204SZ07700.

Peachy pink.  Perfumed, paradaisal nose with a savory herb lustre: early summer reds, puff-pastry, wood sorrel, orange blossom.  Cool and verdantly rich, with notions of white truffle, succulent fern and green forest-y earth.  Groseille, blood orange and rhubarb fruit, quite etched and piquant.  Markedly dry.  Huckleberry and tree bark finish.  We relish the ying-yang counterpoint of the tart and the bitter while recognizing that intimations of fruit seed and fruit pit isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  Elegant, punctilious, buttoned-up Rosé.  Like Billecart-Salmon, we prefer this vinous Rosé with at least a couple years in the cellar.  Now – 2015.

Taittinger Rose Prestige NV

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