The Pinot Noir grape
Taittinger has been recognised worldwide for their consistent quality; the name guarantees delicacy, elegance and has earned the House many accolades and awards.
The estate, among the largest in Champagne with its 288 hectares of vineyards, was acquired by the Taittinger family in 1931 and is currently run by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, and his son and daughter Clovis and Vitalie.
Indigenous to Burgundy, this fabulous grape variety is a tricky customer to grow: get it right and you’ll taste some of the world’s best red wine, get it wrong and you’ll taste some of the worst. It’s a cool climate grape, which may frequently fail to ripen. Transplant to a warmer climate and it will ripen too soon. It’s thin-skinned so needs to be handled with care. The bunch is a mass of grapes – a haven for any number of diseases let alone rot.
Pinot Noir is an important ingredient in Champagne and other quality sparking wines. It’s also finding top form in Oregon, USA and Central Otago, New Zealand; areas which are now rivalling Burgundy for the true home of Pinot Noir.