A Grands Crus Champagne comes exclusively
from vineyards in the 100% category of Champagne classification
system. It is made entirely from cuvée (first
The blend comprises 50% Chardonnay from the Côte
des Blancs (Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger) and 50% Pinot
Noir from the Montagne de Reims area (Bouzy, Ambonnay),
thus obtaining the finesse and structure which a great
champagne requires if it is to be laid down for any
length of time.
Cellar ageing on its lees has enabled the fine, delicate
aromas of this wine to open up and develop.
The colour is brilliant, pale yellow with silvery highlights,
evidence of the high proportion of Chardonnay. The bubbles
are fine and form a lasting and delicately creamy ring
The nose is subtle and fresh. The initial mineral aromas
quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints
of elderflower and spicy cinnamon overtones.
On the palate, its flavours are dominated by intensive
fresh citrus fruit. These then give way to a much fuller,
well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent
of white peaches in syrup.
The finish is long, rich and extremely expressive.
To conclude, Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus
is a joyous blend of finesse and complexity, striking
a perfect balance between freshness and aromatic expression.
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