The climate in 2003 was quite particular. First, spring frost and hail storms reduced the numbers of grapes, while the summer heatwave forced an early start to the harvest. The musts produced in 2003 were at both ends of extreme: while the natural sugar content was very high, total acidity was exceptionally low. The first tastings revealed some pleasant surprises: the Chardonnays, which yielded the smallest quantities, were uncharacteristic. The nose was concentrated, aromatic and very fruity with frequent notes of ripe pear. The palate was rich, round and especially smooth with flavours of fruit in syrup. The Pinot Noirs, however, delivered a mature and very intense aroma dominated by dried fruits, while the palate was powerful, round and full-bodied conjuring up the sweetness of fig. Pleasant and ready to be enjoyed quickly, the 2003 wines also have excellent ageing potential.
Champagne Taittinger only produces a vintage when the harvest is of exceptional quality. The precious bottles are first aged in the cellars for several years – allowing the aromas to slowly mature and the wine to develop length and complexity – before they find their way into the hands of connoisseurs. Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2003 is exclusively blended from first press wines. It consists of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) harvested mostly from the Grands Crus in Montagne de Reims and the borders of the Vallée de la Marne.
This champagne is a splendid golden-yellow colour. Wonderfully bubbly with a generous ring of foam. The nose is very subtle, minerally at first before giving way to a mixture of bread and fresh white-fleshed fruit aromas. The palate is initially crisp and intense with fruity flavours of plums and greengages, lively before quickly becoming more delectable. The mid-palate is generous, full-bodied and almost creamy in structure. The finish is well balanced, mature and lingering. Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2003 embodies the 2003 vintage, a combination of wonderful aromatic finesse and rich, complex and fruity flavours.
Taittinger Brut Millésimé makes an ideal aperitif, but is especially recognised and appreciated by gourmets as a wine to marry with the finest classics of haute cuisine.