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 golden color with a superfine mousse. Bright, toasty, honey and citrus aromas are inviting. A silky entry leads to a fruity sweet yet tangy medium-to full-bodied palate with candied apricots and kiwi, golden raisin, candied lemon peels, and chalky minerality. Finishes with a long tart, tropical fruit and delicate brown spice fade. To conclude, Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus is a joyous blend of finesse and complexity, striking a perfect balance between freshness and aromatic expression.