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Taittinger Brut Champagne La Française NV

France - Champagne

$ 39.95


List  $60.00

In stock, 2 available
JG 91
WS 91
IWC 90

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91+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The current release of Taittinger 'Brut la Française' is comprised of a blend of forty percent chardonnay, thirty-five percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent pinot meunier. The house in the last few years has been reducing the dosage of this bottling a bit, and the result has been more minerality and precision on the backend. The bouquet on the current release is lovely, wafting from the glass in a blend of lemon, apple, brioche, chalky minerality and gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and very well-balanced, with a fine core, elegant mousse, crisp acids and lovely length and grip on the complex finish. I have always liked this bottling, but the lower dosage has really added precision and purity. Fine juice. 2015-2030. (Jul/Aug 2015)"

91 points Wine Spectator: "[$60 list] Well-cut and firm, with a smoky underpinning and a chalky texture, this shows an open-knit mix of black raspberry, slivered almond, lemon peel and star anise. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases imported. (10/31/15)"

90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): "(60% pinot noir and pinot meunier and 40% chardonnay): Light gold. Ripe pit fruits, orange pith and toasty lees on the nose. Toasty and velvety in texture, offering ripe nectarine and poached pear flavors with a bracing kick of bitter citrus zest. Finishes sappy and long, with lingering smokiness and a touch of sweet butter. (Dec 2013)"

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tasted from a half bottle, the rich and complex flavors of Brut La Française show just that extra touch of maturity. The wine has peach and almond flavors that contrast well with the taut, nervy edge. It's full in the mouth and ripe, and works well both as an apéritif and a food Champagne. Alcohol 12%. (May 2013)"

2-1/2 stars New York Times: "Fine and elegant, with flavors of chalk, lemon and flowers. (12/23/09)"

'Best Buy' Quarterly Review of Wines: "Elegant, biscuity, crisp, with a full and satisfying finish. (Winter 2010/2011)"