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Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus
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Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV

Champagne, FranceThis richer, riper, doughier Taittinger is equal parts Grand Cru pinot noir (Montagne de Reims) and Grand Cru chardonnay (Côte des Blancs), aged for five+ years on the lees, and with a 9 g/l dosage. This utilizes 2 or 3 villages each for the GC pinot (Ambonnay, Maiy with northern exposure, and Verzenay) and chard (Avize and Le Mesnil and some parts of Chouilly). Powerful, with ample minerality, light smoked stone, kisses of flint and light toasty notes, lingering with lemon. This is powerful, but streamlined, with a lovely streak of acidity to match heft. Regal. My bottle was disgorged in December 2017, and this is from the 2012 vintage.Tasted: 15 October 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 100.00 private wine shops QC 79.50 SAQ Producer: Champagne TaittingerDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 385062UPC: 003016570050380