Taittinger Bubbly Trio Gift Set
Taittinger Nocturne NV Champagne
Taittinger Nocturne is a pale yellow in colour with delicate fine bubbles. Its nose is subtle, fresh and reminiscent of white blossom and ripe fruit, with overtones of yellow peaches and dried apricots. On the palate it is soft, fresh and mellow with delicate floral and ripe fruit flavours. The aftertaste is long and soft with a subtle sweetness. All in all it is rounded, rich and well balanced, smooth and creamy. Taittinger Nocturne is a Champagne to be enjoyed at the end of an evening. It is the perfect accompaniment to autumnal fruit based desserts or rich pâtés and terrines and will gladly have Champagne lovers celebrating all night long.
Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose NV Champagne
Delicate salmon pink in colour. Its aromas are fresh with wild strawberries and a hint of spice. On the palate this lively, fruity, fresh and elegant wine is balanced and smooth with good length and persistent flavours of crushed wild raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant. Overall, the Prestige Rosé displays charm and subtle harmony of flavours. The fresh fruit flavours make this Champagne the perfect summer aperitif. However, it also goes well with fruit based desserts and selected cheeses.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne
The brilliant body is golden yellow in colour. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is discreet yet lingering. The nose, very open and expressive, delivers aromas of fruit and brioche. It also gives off the fragrance of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pod. The entry onto the palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey. Taittinger Brut Réserve, which acquires its maturity during three and four years ageing in the cellar, offers excellent aromatic potential.
TAITTINGER GREEN MATTERS
Taittinger is under the “authorisation préfectorale”, a French government local representation, which requires it to follow certain environmental procedures. Examples include: industrial waste classed and weighed in by different type, card, wood, glass, plastic, aluminium and taken to recycling plants. Taittinger is also undertaking a number of steps to respect official environmental regulations on water and waste as well as implementing a plan to reduce their environmental impact concerning energy usage, water and waste.
Water – Consumption is closely monitored. This is measured and goals are fixed to reduce it daily through various programmes.
Packaging – Although difficult for Champagne to reduce weight due to the nature of the product being pressurised, consideration is being given to the whole range of packaging in order to reduce the total weight. The whole appellation is working towards a lighter bottle and 80% of the glass comes from a recycled source, for Taittinger it is 94%. Following lighter weight bottle tests, in 2010 Taittinger have been bottling wines in lighter bottles – 835 grammes -7% reduction. A positive move in reducing their carbon footprint. All waste packaging (cardboard, paper, glass and steel from capsules) is recycled
Vineyards – Taittinger are leading the way as a Champagne grower. Typically using half the amount of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides used by other growers. They wholly own half of their vineyard base producing fruit for their Champagnes giving them control over what is used to treat the soil and vines. 70% of Taittinger vineyards are also planted with grass and this increases year on year, this negates the need for herbicides. The tradition of using horses in the vineyard is still used to manage vegetation growth between the vines. A rare and natural sight in today’s world.
All viticultural by-products are developed or recycled at Taittinger’s expense. Taittinger are also moving to precision viticulture which means each vine can be managed individually if required and an important change has been the move to ‘selection massale’ where the vine stock is coming from our own vineyard source. The trend in the region is to replant hedges around the vineyards – a wide spread practice which encourages the growth of nature’s own pesticides – in their own vineyards, Taittinger reflects this trend.