Taittinger "La Francaise" Brut Salmanazar Champagne (9L) (Cannot Ship)

SKU #1015457 91 points Wine Spectator

 Well-cut and firm, with a smoky underpinning and a chalky texture, this shows an open-knit mix of black raspberry, slivered almond, lemon peel and star anise. Enjoy with food.  (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut La Francaise is a pretty, accessible wine laced with white peaches, green pears and flowers. It is an attractive, mid-weight Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. This is Lot L1063NU01000, disgorged January 2011 (not indicated on label). (AG)  (11/2011)

Vinous

 Light gold. Poached pear, peach, orange and honey on the fruity nose. Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter and more tangy in the mid-palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors with subtle ginger and toasted grain nuances. Shows a supple, round character on the finish, with the ginger and peach notes repeating. Note that this bottling is labelled as "Reserve" for every country aside from the United States. In fact, I tasted a bottle labeled as such here in New York this fall, from Lot L3348NA9200. How it wound up here, I've no idea. (JR)  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

Because of the size of this bottle, we cannot ship this. It is only available for instore pickup. This bottle is called a Salmanazar and is the equivalent of one case (12 bottles) of Champagne.

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.