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Champagne Taittinger

This house, dating back to 1734, is one of the great names in Champagne and a byword for elegance and refinement.

It was in 1932 that the Champagne business was bought from the Fourneaux family by Pierre Taittinger, scion of a family of Alsace wine merchants who had moved to Paris as a result of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. He was a cavalry officer who had spent time recuperating in the Champagne area during his service in World War I, and who had bought the château in which he had been nursed and which is Taittinger's headquarters today.

These headquarters, in Rheims, overlay a network of Roman chalk cellars of the 4th century, and the company manages 288 hectares of vines, with the business today overseen by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. He brought the Champagne business back into family ownership after a brief corporate interlude and has made several worthwhile improvements to how things are done.

The wines are mostly pinot dominated, although its most famous name, the prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne, is 100% chardonnay. In 2017 the company bought its first vines in England; site at Chilham in Kent that has been planted with the classic Champagne grape varieties.

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