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NV Taittinger - Brut La Francaise Champagne Blend - France - Champagne - White

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France - Champagne

White Champagne Blend
Producer Notes

Taittinger, located in Reims, is the third oldest Champagne house and one of the few remaining independent, family-owned houses. It produces both fine non-vintage and vintage Champagnes. The prestige cuvee is the vintage Champagne Comtes de Champagne, named after the original Comtes de Champagne, who resided in Reims in the 13th century building subsequently purchased by Taittinger. The blanc de... More »

IWC 90
BH 87
RJ 73
WA 88
JR 17
WS 89
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2016 WA: 2008-2010 WS: 2007-2010
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1.5L $115.00

BH 87
Source Burghound
Issue Issue 36
Drink Dates 2009

A yeasty and lemon peel nose that possesses good freshness merges into crisp, straightforward and nicely detailed flavors that are pleasantly fruity and just complex enough to avoid being one-dimensional. I have never quite understood why, with such a distinguished range, that they can't seem to do better with this <i>cuvée</i>.

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IWC 90
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 10122

(50% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier; L1335PP00300): Bright yellow-gold. Musky pear skin, quince and orange zest aromas show very good energy. Hefty and chewy in texture, offering fleshy orchard fruit and chamomile flavors and a hint of bitter citrus fruit. Closes with firm grip and very good length, leaving a poached pear note behind.

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JR 17
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2007-2009

Tasted blind in June 2008Quite a dark gold. Delicate intriguing nose with real depth. Lots of palate impact and a nice tight bead. Serious wine that would be good with food as well as being a very positive aperitif in the rarefied atmosphere of an aircraft cabin.

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WA 88
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180
Drink Dates 2008-2010

The NV Brut La Francaise is a pretty, mid-weight wine with good definition in its ripe peaches, flowers and sweet spices, and a refined, clean finish. This is an attractive, well-balanced NV Champagne to enjoy now and over the next few years. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.

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RJ 73
Source Richard Juhlin

Previously very uneven. Often too sweet and perfumed, sometimes with such a creamy Chardonnay character that it can be mistaken for a vintage champagne. In more recent years the style and quality have been stabilised to the better. The Jeroboam is frightfully impressive.

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WS 89
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2010

Toast, honey, peach and citrus flavors come together effortlessly in this balanced, elegant Champagne. The fine mousse adds to the textural component, and this ends on a refreshing note. 33,946 cases imported.

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Author skycam28
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.937%
Tasted On 07/26/2014
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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.108%
Tasted On 04/21/2013
Drink Dates 2012-2018

Excellent and consistently a great value in NV champagne. Toasty, lively and freshly to enjoy it with lot of options....cheese, healthy dishes or simply alone to cheer up any great conversation.

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Author McGowan Cellars
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.288%
Tasted On 06/30/2012
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Author keviclan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.38%
Tasted On 12/30/2010

yeasty aroma and taste, very nice

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Author acyso
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 01/01/2010

Pears on the nose, with a strong whiff of yeast under. Peaches and cream on entry, with a good balance between acidity and the typical lees.

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Author Vinography
Site / Blog Vinography: A Wine Blog Trust Rating 98.611%
Tasted On 12/15/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2014

Pale gold in color with medium-fine bubbles, this wine has a bright nose of lemon zest and toasted bread. In the mouth it is a nice combination of yeasty and tart crabapple flavors that linger into a pleasant finish. Not quite leesy enough to get me really excited, but a pleasure to drink.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

I hold firm on my exuberant praise for the Prelude cuvee from this house (and their Rose Comtes de Champagne is nothing to sneeze at), but the Francaise cuvee does not generate that type of excitement. Mild in its aroma of toasted biscuit, citrus zest, bailed hay and ginger, as things unfold a bit more on the palate. Round, creamy and moderate in weight, the personality of this Champagne is soft, between the lines & finishes abruptly. A very good, but relatively straight forward example of NV Champagne.

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