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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Alcohol By Volume: 12%
Item no. 103183
Taittinger Brut Millesime 2004 has a pale and radiant yellow color. The generous effervescence gives off an abundance of bubbles rising to form a necklace. The first impression on the nose combines flintiness with yeasty bread aromas. This quickly gives way to a fine, intense, sweet fruitiness, as crystallized fruit scents of lemon and mandarin and a flowery touch of acacia honey emerge. On the palate, the fruity attack is sublimely fresh and rich. The mid-palate is balanced, structured and smooth, releasing flavors of sugared pink grapefruit. The exceptional intensity of the finish is long, generous and complex.
A toasty Champagne, with an exotic hint of cumin spicing the wine and supporting flavors of clementine, ginger bread and graphite. There’s intensity and racy acidity, all put together in a well-meshed, elegant package. Drink now through 2024.
Light, bright yellow-gold. Orange oil, lemon and pear on the nose, with complicating notes of allspice and honeysuckle. Sappy, tightly wound citrus flavors gain weight and power with air, taking a turn toward orchard fruits and nectarine. Zesty acidity adds spine and lift and the spicy element becomes more pronounced on the back half. This very young Champagne finishes with strong cut and impressive length, and should be even better with a few more years of bottle age.
The estate's 2004 Brut Millesime is a tense, wiry Champagne that needs at least several years in bottle to come together. The higher proportion of Chardonnay is felt in the wine’s cut and verve. A hint of crushed rocks lingers on the finish. With air the wine softens a touch and becomes richer on the plate, but another few years in bottle should be beneficial. This is Lot L8376MX00200, disgorged November/December, 2008 (not indicated on label). Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.