Taittinger Champagne Prestige Rose
Taittinger Champagne Prestige Rose Blended from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this is a succulently fruity, supple and aromatic Champagne with fine bubbles and a crisp, refreshing finish of extended length. Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé is intense cherry-pink in color with extremely fine, persistent pinpoint bubbles rising in delicate strands to the surface of the wine. Its classic, aromatic Pinot fragrance of red raspberries and strawberries is offset by elegant, subtle floral and earth nuances. On the palate, the ripe, full berry flavors are vibrant yet refined, delicately balanced by a fresh acidity which carries into a crisp, refreshing finish of persistent length.
91 Robert Parker: The latest release of Taittinger’s NV Brut Prestige Rosé is showing very well, revealing inviting aromas of red berries, plums, orange zest, crisp orchard fruit and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive, this bottling is based on the Brut Réserve, yet the addition of still red wine—much of which is produced in house—imparts structuring phenolics that complement the wine’s generous core of fruit to great effect. Readers should not that this cuvée’s clear glass makes it vulnerable to light strike, so it’s especially important to buy properly stored bottles.
Sparkling wine comes in many different varieties and forms – from red wines like Brachetto and Lambrusco – to all the different forms of rosé and white sparklers – Spanish Cava; Italian Asti, Franciacorta and Prosecco; French Cremant and Champagne; and everything in-between. The one thing all these varieties have in common is, of course, those delicious bubbles. French Champagne is probably the most recognizable of the bunch but it’s also the most expensive.
Many other wines are made using the same method, “”methode champenoise”” – where secondary fermentation happens in the bottle versus in large tanks like Prosecco, and offer great value, they just carry a different name. Only wines made in Champagne, France can carry the Champagne name (with the exception of an old loophole that allows a few California producers to label their wines as “”California Champagne””, much to the chagrin of the French).
Sparkling wine is a tremendous pairing with salty and fatty foods like many of our favorite appetizers and even potato chips. There are also quite a wide range of sweetness levels in sparkling wine with names that are a bit confusing. With so many different styles and sweetness levels, not to mention all the different grape varieties used, sparkling wine offers a whole world to explore! “