Taittinger "Prelude" Champagne
Made from only Grand Cru vineyards, this ripe, full and wonderfully textured wine is rich and complex. It brings out tangy orange and lemon zest, a tightly mineral texture, fragrant fruit and acidity. Dense and concentrated, the wine would benefit from some bottle age to bring out all its flavors. (RV)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is just a hint of reduction present that shaves the top notes off of the otherwise yeasty green apple and subtle floral aromas. There is fine complexity to the equally yeasty flavors where the supporting effervescence is not particularly refined though it's by no means rustic either, all wrapped in a lingering and sappy finish. I suppose if I'm being really nitpicky this lacks just a touch of freshness and verve even though it's clear that the idea here is to deliver a wine with real depth. I would be the first to acknowledge that it is very difficult to deliver depth with freshness because of the very nature of developing the complexity in the first place. Still, it can be done and this, while certainly delicious and attractive, lacks that little extra dimension that separates the very best cuvées from the 'merely' excellent.
Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of buttered toast and honey. Toasty orange and pear flavors are braced by juicy acidity, picking up a suggestion of chamomile with air. Finishes dry and precise, with repeating mineral and toast notes. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Taittinger's NV Brut Prelude Grands Cru was created in 2000 and blends 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir exclusively from Grand Cru villages, but it is not produced every year. The current release is based on 2009: very clear, precise and elegant on the complex and nicely matured nose, which reveals the purity and freshness of a Côte des Blancs Grand Cru. Fresh, dry and grippy on the palate, with sweet cherry flavors and a nice maturity, this is a lovely, straight and mineral Prelude. This is very pleasant to drink today, but will gain further complexity over the years. (SR)
Wine & Spirits
This is a substantial, full-bodied 50-50 blend of Chardonnay from Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger with Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. It balances savory, nutty aromas of yeast autolysis with bright, zesty orange and deeper, red fruit essences. The wine’s persistent acidity keeps its plump body firm.
Fine and lacy in texture, this clean-cut Champagne in an aperitif style offers a subtle mix of patisserie apple and pear, lemon zest, pickled ginger and orchard blossom notes. Fresh, with a lightly toasty finish. Drink now through 2019. (AN, Web-2016)