Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier * 75cl * 12.5% ABV * Champagne, France
Taittinger is one of Mrs TW's favourite champagnes, so imagine her joy when this Grand Marque champaagne house thought a little bit more about when and why people drink the world's most famous celebratory fizz... and they realised that there was a gap in the market for an after dinner showstopper - something just slightly off dry (or sec as they call it) and blended from around thirty different vineyards from various vintages. It's laid down for four years to age before being disgorged. A 17.5g/l dosage of sugar cane combined with the slow cellar-ageing create a round and smooth champagne that is perfect to enjoy late in the evening. Or at about 11am with the fist Easter egg of the day...
Delicate bubbles and a subtle bouquet reveals delightful aromas of yellow peaches and dried apricots. It's smooth and creamy, yet very crisp. The palate gives way to flavours of raisins and fruits in syrup. The long and smooth finish is distinctively sweet and full of flavour and goes perfectly with dessert or foie gras on gingerbread (she says, kicking the Cadbury's Mini Eggs under the desk as she types) – and will gladly have champagne lovers celebrating all night long.