Taittinger "La Française" Brut Champagne

SKU #1023646 91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The current bottling of Taittinger’s “Brut La Française” shares the same cépages as the Brut Réserve (forty percent chardonnay, thirty-five percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent pinot meunier), with the wine spending one additional year aging on its fine lees prior to disgorgement. The bouquet on the wine is lovely, offering a classy blend of pear, apple, a complex base of limestone soil, bread dough, gently musky, meunier floral tones and a bit of smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full and zesty, with fine mid-palate depth, youthful acids, frothy mousse and very good length and grip on the still quite primary finish. This has such nice balance that it is eminently drinkable today, but it really is still a puppy and would be happy with a bit of bottle age to allow its secondary layers of complexity to emerge. 91+ Inner quote mark (5/2023)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The latest release of Taittinger’s NV Brut La Française exhibits aromas of citrus oil, apple, pastry and nuts. Medium to full-bodied with a fleshy fruit core, it’s perfectly balanced with a pinpoint mousse and a refreshing, penetrating finish. (YC) Inner quote mark (11/2023)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A balanced Champagne, with a lively bead and a fresh mix of cherry and pear fruit, toast point and candied pink grapefruit peel notes. Modest on the minerally finish. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2023)

Price: $54.99

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
This is one nonvintage brut from a Grand Marque that is well worth the money. The blend is 40% Chard, 35% Pinot, 25% Meunier and spends nearly 4 years on the lees in stainless steel. The result is vibrant, pure flavors of apples and pears with an underlying toastiness that accents the fruit.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2015 | Send Email
Taittinger has always been known for the creamy refreshment that the La Francaise has delivered so consistently through the years. If you like a little bit of toast balanced by some citric zing, this high Chardonnay blend is for you!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
I was quite taken aback by the quality of wine in this major brand-labeled bottle. The Taittinger "La Francaise" is a wonderful combination of leesy richness with firm acidity, that glides effortlessly over the palate, hitting all the right notes. The finish is full of citrus and rich, bready flavors. It tastes like it should cost twice as much. It tastes way better than 2003 Dom, which does cost twice as much.

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