Taittinger is one of the most reputed wine names in the world. The Taittinger family has been producing Champagne ever since 1734 from its Champagne House located in Reims. Emmanuel Tattinger, the founder of this brand, is not only a popular and affluent winemaker in France, but also an astute businessman who owns a few companies and hotels.
During 1734, when Emmanuel entered into the business of producing champagne, he worked in close partnership with the owner of the first-ever vineyards in Reims, Benedictine Abbeys. Legends have it that it was Emmanuel Taittinger who brought the first Chardonnay grape varietal into the Reims region from Cyprus. The Taittinger family started ruling the wine scene in France from then on. The period between 1960 and 2005 can be considered as the golden period for this label as it was the time when its champagnes achieved immense global recognition.
In the year 2005, Champagne Taittinger and its subsidiary were sold to the Starwood Capital Group, a private investment group from the USA. However, in 2006, Northeast Regional Bank along with Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger brought back the business for a huge sum. Today, the group owns over 280 hectares of vineyards. In a bid to enter the English wine market, the first Taittinger vines were planted in a small village near Kent in the year 2017. By doing so, Taittinger became the first Champagne House to plant vines in the UK.
Though this brand produces some exquisite champagnes and wines, the flagship varieties that you have to try are:
- Comtes de Champagne (made from 100% pure Chardonnay varietal)
- Comtes de Champagne Rose (made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay varietals)
- Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne (made from 40% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier varietals)
- Prelude Grand Crus (an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals)
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