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Taittinger "Nocturne - City Lights" Sec Champagne

SKU #1153061 91 points John Gilman

 The new iteration of Taittinger Nocturne Sec non-vintage is the same blend as last year: forty percent chardonnay, thirty-five percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent pinot meunier and was finished with the same dosage as previous releases, 17.5 grams per liter. The wine ages four years on its fine lees prior to disgorgement and offers up a deep and classy nose of peach, melon, chalky soil tones, brioche, musky floral tones redolent of honeysuckle and lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite zesty, with a good core, bright acids, elegant mousse and fine interplay of minerality, acidity and residual sweetness on the long and vibrant finish. As has been the case since its first release, this is a really well done, sweeter-styled Champagne.  (5/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained, indeed all-but-inexpressive nose only grudgingly reveals notes of yeast and apple with background floral whispers. There is actually pretty good complexity to the delicious if very round flavors that finish drier than the dosage level would suggest though the operative word is drier, not dry. Still, for those who enjoy a rounder style of Champagne that offers fine depth and no austerity, this is worth a look. I should note that it’s not a style that I look for personally but this is still well-made.  (10/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Deeply perfumed aromas of poached pear, melon, nectarine and lemon curd are complemented by suggestions of buttered toast, anise and chamomile. Plush and broad on the palate, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors with a touch of chalky minerality adding cut and lift. A floral quality builds slowly with air and carries through the spicy, sappy, gently sweet finish. I like this Champagne's balance of fruitiness and vivacity and there's no way that I'd have guessed that its dosage was so high. (JR)  (1/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Nocturne Sec (City Lights) is a medium-dry blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier sourced from about 30 villages. The white-golden colored fizz opens with a clear, fresh and structured bouquet of white fruit aromas intermixed with nougat and bread scents. The white Nocturne opens round and fresh on the palate and comes along very elegant, tasting less sweet than the corresponding rosé, although the dosage of 17.5 grams per liter is the same in both cuvées. The finish is clear, fresh, well structured and reveals a more serious character than the rosé. The perlage is remarkably fine here. (SR)  (11/2017)

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