Taittinger

In 1734, Jacques Fourneaux established a wine-business in Champagne and worked closely with the Benedictine Abbeys which, at that time, owned the finest vineyards in the region. After the First World War, the wine-house was moved to a large mansion on the Rue de Tambour in which Theobald I of Navarre (1201–1253) had lived. A long-standing legend held that it was he who brought the Chardonnay grape from Cyprus on returning from a crusade in the Middle Ages. This has been disproved by genetic analysis done at the University of California at Davis.[2]

The Taittingers were a family of wine merchants who, in 1870, moved to the Paris region from the Lorraine in order to retain their French citizenship after the Franco-Prussian War and the Treaty of Frankfurt (1871).

In 1932, Pierre Taittinger bought the Château de la Marquetterie from the wine house of Forest-Fourneaux. It had been used as a command post during World War I and he had been laid up there after suffering a heart-attack during combat. The vineyards of the château had been planted with Chardonnay and Pinot noir since the 18th Century. This property had been developed by Brother Jean Oudart, a Benedictine monk, one of the founding fathers of champagne wine, and later it had belonged to the writer Jacques Cazotte.

From 1945 to 1960 the business was run by Pierre's third son François. Under his direction, the Taittinger cellars were established in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, built in the thirteenth century in Gallo-Roman chalk pits dating from the fourth century. After François' death in an accident, his brother Claude took over and directed the business from 1960 to 2005. It was during this time that Taittinger became a champagne house of world renown.

Champagne Taittinger was sold in July 2005 by the Taittinger family, along with its subsidiary, Société du Louvre, to the U.S. private investment firm Starwood Capital Group. Those in the profession (Champagne houses, wine-producers, cooperatives, distributors and customers) proposed that the objectives of short-term profitability, or even medium term, at any price, advocated by the then current managers of the business, were not compatible with the production of Champagne wine of quality, which takes time, trust and a large delegation of authority to the masters of the cellar. In addition, the arrival of investors completely foreign to the culture of Champagne could result in a major breakdown of the equilibrium of the industry.

Finally, on 31 May 2006, the Northeast Regional Bank of the Crédit Agricole, in collaboration with Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, bought the business for 660 million euros. The area covers 288.84 hectares of vineyards and has 12 to 13 million bottles in stock. The Château de la Marquetterie and its cellars were part of the overall purchase. The Starwood group retained some hotels, including luxury hotels Crillon, Lutetia and Martinez, and the hotel chains Campanile and Kyriad.

Claude Taittinger retired in 2006 and his nephew Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger replaced him as head of the business.

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Domaine Carneros by Tatittinger Brut 2014
"A wonderful array of aromas including white flower, pear, golden apple, honeycomb and brioche create a bouquet for the nose. The palate flavors are true to the aromas and are enhanced by a texture that is creamy, full and elegantly structured. The long finish hints of the wines aging potential."
Item Number: 30434
Bottle:$26.95
Case: $323.40
BTL

Taittinger 'La Francaise' Brut NV
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Balanced, with a rich, toasty character, bright acidity and subtle notes of lemon curd, cream, quince paste and fleur de sel. Ends with a firm, minerally finish. Drink now through 2015."
Item Number: 4926
Bottle:$39.95
Case: $239.70
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Domaine Carneros by Tatittinger Brut 2013
A wonderful array of aromas including white flower, pear, golden apple, honeycomb and brioche create a bouquet for the nose. The palate flavors are true to the aromas and are enhanced by a texture that is creamy, full and elegantly structured. The long finish hints of the wines aging potential.

Domaine Carneros by Tatittinger Brut 2012
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" A wonderful array of aromas including white flower, pear, golden apple, honeycomb and brioche create a bouquet for the nose. The palate flavors are true to the aromas and are enhanced by a texture that is creamy, full and elegantly structured. The long finish hints of the wines aging potential. "

Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut 2011
The Brut Cuvée is the signature wine of Domaine Carneros, representing the best of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a classic sparkling wine. This powerful yet elegant wine shows off an array of citrus flavors, tropical fruit including pineapple and passion fruit, and a hint of toastiness. It

Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut 2010
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"A gorgeous sparkler, showing effortless balance. The floral lemon and brioche aromas lead to elegant but complex flavors of creamy raspberry, vanilla and spicy almond." ~ Winery notes

Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut 2009
"A gorgeous sparkler, showing effortless balance. The floral lemon and brioche aromas lead to elegant but complex flavors of creamy raspberry, vanilla and spicy almond."

Taittinger Domaine Carneros Brut 2008
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"This is a glamorous, fashionable wine that gives the pleasure you want in a bubbly. Its dryish and crisp, with doughy yeast, raspberry and lime flavors. A good price for a California sparkling wine of this quality."  ~SH

Taittinger 'Prelude' Brut Grand Crus NV
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Toasty and vibrant, offering spiced apple, candied orange peel, quince paste, fleur de sel and subtle pastry notes with a refined, creamy texture and a lingering hint of ground spice on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 320 cases imported. "

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 1.5L
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "Impressive and seamless from the get go, featuring lemon, apricot, smoke and spice aromas and flavors that build to the long conclusion. This is creamy, yet firm and fresh, with all its elements integrated for an alluring profile overall. There's wonderful finesse and length.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "Impressive and seamless from the get go, featuring lemon, apricot, smoke and spice aromas and flavors that build to the long conclusion. This is creamy, yet firm and fresh, with all its elements integrated for an alluring profile overall. There's wonderful finesse and length.

Taittinger 'La Francaise' Brut NV 375ml
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89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"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."