50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir. All stainless steel.

Taittinger vintage is always a good one to get a feel for what a year in Champagne has thrown up.

Lemon preserve and creamy, peachy ripeness under a sparky layer of hazelnut and charred grapefruit peel. Stylish bitter cocoa and chalk dust. Even though it’s 50:50 you feel more Chardonnay – that’s the Taittinger way! It’s bristling, bustling, toothsome and not quite resolved yet – not all 2012s are ready to play ball. I’d keep this about 3 years to let the palate settle, and expect to be enjoying still in 8 to 10. Magnums a good bet. 17

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