We offer a choice of brut, non vintage champagnes “on tap” (in other words, you can drink it whenever you wish): Taittinger Cuvee Prestige and Veuve Clicquot.
We chose these two champagnes after blind tastings with friends and past clients, of 6 different champagnes of similar standing (the others being Pol Roger, Ruinart, Charles Heidseick and Billecart Salmon). Taittinger, James Bond’s champagne of choice was, by a good margin, the favourite choice of those who tasted it and was also very highly rated for brand and image. We decided to continue to offer Veuve Clicquot because it continues to be very well known and popular among many guests.
Taittinger has long been famous for the elegance and finesse of its Champagnes, together with a complexity and richness on the palate. These characteristics are attributable, in part, to the high percentage (40%: unique in the non-vintage champagnes) of Chardonnay in the blend, also to a minimum ageing of three years in the cellar.
You can read a review of it at TheWineDoctor.Com.
The origins of Champagne Taittinger date back to the original house founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux. It is the 3rd oldest champagne house. However its links to the Taittinger family started in 1931 when it was purchased by the founder of today’s company; Pierre Taittinger.
To quote in full from the 2008 Champagne Information Bureau Tasting tasting notes:
Slightly honeyed, dried white fruits here. Rather soft but nicely composed, gentle mousse and an almost creamy richness. White fruit and minerals, also a little sulphur coming through from the nose onto the palate. I suspect this will be quite seductive with some time in bottle and fans should know that this cuvée is very typical for the Taittinger style.
From the 2008 Champagne Information Bureau Tasting. 16/20
Veuve Clicquot or Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin to give it its full name is perhaps the most recognised champagne in the world and really needs no introduction. Brut Non-Vintage is a blend of fifty crus, one third Chardonnay and incorporates up to one third reserve wine. You can read a good review of it at TheWineDoctor.com.
To quote in full from 2008 Champagne Information Bureau Tasting tasting notes.
Sulphur on the nose here, which has a rather hard character. It has an attractive style on the palate, despite all the criticism that VC has come in for recently there are clearly some good points here. Nevertheless through the midpalate it is softer, plump even, with a touch of toffee. Rather creamy, rather feminine, if anything rather unfocused and a little too perfumed. There are better Champagnes on the market I feel.
From the 2008 Champagne Information Bureau Tasting. 14/20
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