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Champagne Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterietext

Champagne Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie NV

Champagne, FranceThe acquisition of Château de la Marquetterie and the surrounding vineyards, a site known as Les Folies, marked the beginning of the Taittinger family’s Champagne adventure. Long before that, Marquetterie played host to several historical moments, including a one-time residency of writer Jacques Cazotte, author of the French classic Le Diable Amoureux. It was a site for village fairs where philosophers and intellectuals of the Enlightenment would gather. General Castelnau also used the stately home as his headquarters during the Battle of Champagne in 1915. Much earlier, in the 17th century, Brother Oudart, a Benedictine Monk, discovered some of the secrets of champagne fermentation. Today, Folies de la Marquetterie celebrates its rich history with a similarly rich 45/55 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, sourced exclusively from the estate vineyards that now include more than 35 different crus. A portion of the wine gets some wood contact before spending 60 months in the bottle underground. The colour is on the light yellow side, but the bubbles are Taittinger refined and delicate. It’s as fruity as Champagne can get, but it's more a pleasant diversion of peach and apricot, with a round, smooth finish. Described as a terroir wine, its structure and power lead me to the dinner table, and to flavourful fish or meat entrees.Tasted: 03 November 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$99.00750mlBCL Stores
CDN$110.00750mlselect private retailers; monopolies
Producer: Champagne TaittingerDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 15878