Profile of Taittinger Winery

Taittinger Winery, Champagne, France

One of the great and established names in the Champagne region, Taittinger was founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux, a visionary who sowed the seeds for this now giant Champagne house. They produce around 400,000 cases a year of always reliable and delicious Champagne cuvee, Brut Reserve. That sets the scene for their exquisite vintage wines and exceptional Blancs de Blancs prestige cuvee Comtes de Champagne, matched by an equally exquisite and very rare rose. Taittinger have quite an empire, owning a Loire sparkling wine house and a winery in California. Their winery’s location in Champagne is right in the center of Reims.

Taittinger enjoyed a relatively quiet and uneventful history for many years, as the Fourneaux family business prospered and the prestige of the house grew. However, in 2005 the house was brought by Starwood Capital, an American investment company. The French could not believe it, an American owned Champagne House! Mercifully for them, after a few years Taittinger was sold again to Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, grandson of the original founder, and the French bank Crédit Agricole. Since then the family have clawed back control from the Bank, leaving them with a minority share. A classic example of French Patriotism indeed!

Taittinger may have experienced some changes of ownership in recent year but thankfully one thing has remained constant, the quality of the wines. Taittinger is the connoisseurs’ choice of Champagne, wonderful elegance and finesse with a complexity and richness on the palate. Comtes de Champagne is undoubtedly one of the finest examples from the region and sets the standard that others must follow. Surprisingly, the private visit is intimate and we organize vertical tastings, tours and events at their main winery and beautiful Chateau La Marquetterie for corporate groups, contact us for more information.

Wines Produced

Blancs De Blancs Comtes De Champagne 100% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards in Champagne. Extended maturation in oak barrels.
Brut Millesime A varying blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Maturation in oak barrels.
Brut Reserve A varying blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Maturation in oak barrels.
Comtes De Champagne Vintage A varying blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from only good or excellent vintages, produced from a single year. Extended maturation in oak barrels.
Brut Prestige A varying blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Can be made from wines from different vintages.

Winery Facts & Figures

AOC: Champagne
Founded: 1734
Owner: Crédit Agricole/Taittinger family
Winemaker: Claude Taittinger
Area under Vine: 280 hectares
Oak: French Barriques
Age of Vines: 30 years+
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Production: 3 million bottles per annum

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