Taittinger




"Since 2006—once again under family control—Taittinger has been going from strength to strength...The Taittinger style is pure and expressive, emphasizing charming fruit but gaining in tension and taking on a gently reductive edge as one ascends the house hierarchy to the flagship Comtes de Champagne bottlings."
William Kelley for The Wine Advocate/Robertparker.com


The Taittinger family have owned and operated this Champagne House with fierce dedication and deft skill for almost a century. Now officially a third generation family business based around the original operation founded in 1734 by wine merchant Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger family became involved in the business almost immediately after they purchased the beautiful Château de la Marquetterie in 1932.


Pierre Taittinger, immensely knowledgeable about French haute cuisine then set about crafting an elegant yet gastronomic style of Champagne, but it was not until the 60s that his third son François decided to put the family name to their business. "Taittinger" has since become synonymous with Reims, and as the third largest domain in Champagne (228 hectares) it is arguably the most significant family owned, independent marque in the region.


Taittinger is distinguished equally by its high proportion of estate fruit, its presence in a large number of Grand Cru sites, and the complex savoire-faire that is captured in each cuvée that ages deep in their chalked lined Gallo-Roman caves beneath the Benedictine church of Saint-Nicaise. Their prestige bottling "Comtes" follows the legend of Count Thibaud IV who reputedly returned from crusade bearing a vine of Chardonnay's ancestor.