Taittinger Brut Millesime 2006
Overall, 2006 was a hot year. After a very dry autumn, the winter was cold and snowy, but fortunately there was no damage in the vineyard. The spring brought steady, mild weather, and ended with the vines flowering between 12 and 18 June. The summer was very variable, with exceptionally hot periods punctuated by numerous storms in July, followed by cooler temperatures and overcast skies in August, while September saw renewed heat and the start of a dry spell, which did not, however, have a negative effect on the volume of the harvest. The harvests began on 7 September and were relatively spread out, in order to take into account the unevenness in the ripening. Rain arrived at the end of the harvest, but yields were high enough to be able to select the best grapes. The Chardonnay produced rich, complex aromas of citrus and white fruit, and white flowers. A beautiful minerality gives them finesse and elegance. These characteristics, combined with excellent balance and suppleness, suggest a good potential to age.
On the eye: The Taittinger Brut Vintage 2006 has a bright, pale yellow color. The effervescence is lively, with abundant, very fine bubbles.
On the nose: The nose instantly reveals great finesse, with elegant notes of vine flowers. This is followed by intense, sweet, fruity aromas, evoking currants and quince paste, accompanied by a hint of aniseed on the finish.
On the palate: The attack is generous, rich and fruity, underscored by flavours of yellow fruit compote and greengages. The mid-palate is flavorful, very smooth and generous, suggesting fruit paste. The finish is uniform, very well-structured and full-bodied, developing a slightly tannic note. Already presenting finesse, richness and body, the Brut Vintage 2006 promises to age well.
Perfect as an aperitif, this champagne also goes extremely well with white meats in sauce, such as a veal escalope, or a chicken casserole with sauce supreme.