The prestigious Taittinger champagne house from Reims dates back to the 18th century, when the wine house was still known as Forest-Fourneaux. Almost 200 years after it was founded, the domain was sold to Pierre Taittinger, who renamed the estate Champagne Taittinger. The extent of the vineyards now covers more than 280 hectares. Furthermore, the winery has the largest walled vineyard in the region, which can be found in Val-de-Murigny.
The production and storage partly takes place in old, underground chalk quarries from Roman times. The underground cellars belong to the old Saint-Nicaise abbey, which at the time was built by the Benedictine monks. These cellars were put to use after the end of the Second World War. After the death of François Taittinger, his brother Claude followed in his footsteps. Under his reign, the champagne house gained a lot of respect around the world. Partly due to this new status, the activities were expanded to include the purchasing of luxury goods and real estate.
The Taittinger Brut Reservé consists of 40% Chardonnay and is further supplemented with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The grapes come from 35 different vineyards. In addition, the production consists of two world-famous prestige cuvées, both of which are released under the name Comtes de Champagne. The Comtes de Champagne cuvée is available in a Blanc de Blancs of 100% Chardonnay or in a rosé variant of 100% Pinot Noir. In addition, the winery regularly collaborates with various artists, where the bottle serves as a canvas and is eventually transformed into a signed work of art by the artist. The 14th part in this 'Taittinger Collection' series was created in collaboration with the famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and was created for the Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2008. The artwork shows a leopard drinking from a river in Namibia. The river is a symbol of a source of life. The Taittinger Collection champagnes have now become true collector's items.Read more