In 1734, Jacques Fourneaux, a merchant of champagne wines, established the company that would some day become Taittinger. In that early part of the XVIIIth century, the Benedictine abbeys of Hautvillers, Pierry, Verzy, and Saint-Nicaise in Reims, owned the best vineyards in the Champagne region. They cultivated the vines and pressed the harvest to produce the first sparkling wines which they either sold themselves, or through agents in Epernay or Reims. Jacques Fourneaux therefore joined the great adventure of the champagne trade…cautiously at first. The company prospered throughout the XIXth century and after the First World War moved to the fine XIIIth century historical residence located on rue de Tambour: “The House of the Counts of Champagne”. This was the home of Thibaud IV, known as the Singer, who brought back from Cyprus the vines which are the ancestors of today’s Chardonnay. It is at this time that the merger occurred between the company, which had come to be known as Fourneaux-Forest, and the Taittinger family, which would ultimately take control.
Pale gold in colour and has a rich effervescence which forms a very dense necklace of mousse. It has a very fine nose and a good intensity of fragrance. The initial perfumes of white flowers give way to a fruity dominance with a subtle mineral touch. The scent of citrus fruits can also be discerned, with sugared grapefruit and a hint of baked crusty bread. The first sip is sharp, delicate and complex, with the taste of fresh citrus fruit. It is well-rounded.