Taittinger Champagne Brut la Francaise 2012
The subtle, pale gold color of Taittinger Brut La Francaise is punctuated by extremely fine, persistent bubbles rising to the surface in fragile strands. The fragrant berry and white fruit aromas, underscored by toasty, yeasty notes are confirmed on the ample, elegant palate which is strongly marked by refined Chardonnay fruit flavors. A fresh, balanced acidity sustains the whole, and carries into a long, crisp toasty finish of great delicacy.
The Taittinger NV Champagne has fine mousse, but the bubbles are ephemeral to the point of evanescence. The nose is attractive, with vanilla, brioche and yeast notes and a touch of lemon. On the palate, citrus is dominant (sweetened lemon, perhaps) which overlays some chardonnay green apple. A bit flat. 89 points.
External Reviews for Taittinger Champagne Brut la Francaise
A lean, focused style, with honey, hazelnut and brioche flavors on an elegant frame. Good lingering finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Medium-bodied, with a rich texture balanced by a crisp acidity, with apple, honey and citrus flavors. Drink now.
A rich Champagne, beautifully elegant, toughed by yellow fruits, apples and just the right amount of weight. There are final hints of toast, spice and creamy coconut milk, giving a Champagne that is as much about wine as about bubbles.
…light yellow, has a delightful perfume of vanilla, spice and citrus. The lovely, creamy fruit, laced with spice, vanilla and citrus, is flavorful and delicious, with a long, crisp finish. The NV La Francaise seems to get better each year and it is again outstanding.
There’s good cut to this, and the firm acidity finds a nice balance with the flavors of bread dough, spiced citrus peel and juicy Golden Delicious apple, with a modest finish. Drink now.
Beautifully integrated aroma. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, rich with fruit, the fine effervescence carries the wine’s full flavors as if they were weightless. Dry, leesy length of flavor, with touches of complexity.
Stylish and restrained. Toasty apple and acacia nose. Smooth, polished, integrated palate. Solid structure with good intensity, needs time.