Taittinger "La Francaise" Brut Champagne Jeroboam (3L)

SKU #1147316 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The latest release of Taittinger's NV Brut La Française is showing well, offering up notes of ripe citrus, yellow apple, brioche, honeycomb and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and charming, with bright acids, a generous core of fruit and a brisk mousse. While the wine is already wide open and expressive—and would already make a lovely aperitif—a few years on cork will be rewarded with more biscuity complexity. (WK)  (4/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Smoke and toast accents lace crushed raspberry, candied lemon zest and apple blossom notes in this firm, aperitif-style Champagne. Lively. (AN, Web-2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Notes of yeast, baked bread, petrol and citrus serve as a slightly muted introduction to the rounded, delicious and reasonably complex flavors where the citrus elements telegraphed by the nose reappear on the moderately dry finish.  (10/2017)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (roughly 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier; 9 g/l dosage; L3348NA09100): 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)

Wine & Spirits

 Broad and leesy, this wine’s flavors layer that autolytic character with scents of lemongrass, green fig and pineapple. A creamy, ripe style, this finishes open and clean.  (12/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 A blend of the three main Champagne grapes from vineyards in 35 villages, this is light and fruity, with some bottle age giving it a hint of toast. White fruits and acidity add crispness to this well-balanced wine. (RV)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier.


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2016 | 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! (6/2015)

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2016 | 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. (9/2013)

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