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UP­SCALE LIV­ING GOES BUB­BLY

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Karen Ber­liner

Cham­pagne. (/shamˈpān/)

--A sparkling wine as­so­ci­ated with joy and re­garded as a sym­bol of lux­ury, typ­i­cally that made in the Cham­pagne re­gion of Reims, France.

Cham­pagne. Let the word roll off of your tongue--maybe prac­tice and per­fect your French ac­cent while you’re at it. Al­low it to in­cite your own per­sonal re­ac­tion and pique all of your five senses in a rare and per­fect sym­phony--- even how one pro­nounces the word cham­pagne, or the wine re­gion and the vine­yards from which it orig­i­nates Reims (pro­nounced by the na­tives like some nasal­iza­tion of Ranse which rhymes oh so exquisitely with France) mat­ters.

It all mat­ters, so take it in.

Whether you are walk­ing the an­cient and nat­u­rally chilled salt caves where cham­pagne is stored till ma­tu­rity or ex­plor­ing the cham­pagne grape vine­yards them­selves, heady with the fra­grance of its sweet fruit, cham­pagne is an ex­pe­ri­ence for all of the senses – color, aroma, tex­ture and fla­vor. Oh, and the sound of a cork pop­ping—

---Pure cel­e­bra­tion.

In the name of tried and true, there are some brands of Cham­pagne that rise above the rest to the ex­tra­or­di­nary. For us at Gla­dys, Cham­pagne Tait­tinger sweeps in and sim­ply steals the show.

About Cham­pagne Tait­tinger:

In the city of Reims, France, Cham­pagne Tait­tinger is the largest fam­ily owned Cham­pagne house and con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of cre­at­ing its fine wines just as it has since 1932 when Pierre Tait­tinger founded the brand. In 2005, the house was brought by Star­wood Cap­i­tal, an Amer­i­can in­vest­ment com­pany. Af­ter a few years Tait­tinger was sold to Pierre-Em­manuel Tait­tinger, grand­son of the orig­i­nal founder. (A small por­tion owned by bank Crédit Agri­cole). Vi­talie Tait­tinger joined Cham­pagne Tait­tinger when her fa­ther bought back the com­pany and is now its Artis­tic Di­rec­tor. A source of cre­ative flair for ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and a Tait­tinger am­bas­sadress, she is a fine rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the val­ues of el­e­gance and gen­eros­ity that is what this com­pany is all about, at the heart of it all. Lovely and vi­brant, Vi­talie was re­cently ap­pointed as Cham­pagne Tait­tinger’s Global Am­bas­sador and can be seen in ad­ver­tise­ments all around the world.

Cham­pagne Tait­tinger is one of the last re­main­ing ma­jor mar­quee Cham­pagne houses that is ac­tively owned and man­aged by the Tait­tinger fam­ily. Their Cham­pagnes are dom­i­nated by Chardon­nay giv­ing them a sig­na­ture el­e­gance and del­i­cacy. Cur­rently, Cham­pagne Tait­tinger is dis­trib­uted glob­ally in 140 coun­tries.

About an hour’s drive from Paris through France’s scenic coun­try­side, the grand Château de la Mar­quet­terie is where it all be­gan for Cham­pagne Tait­tinger over 80 years ago. At the two houses in Reims, the com­plex and vast his­tory of the Gallo-Ro­man is rec­ol­lected via chalk pits that were con­structed in the fourth cen­tury and used as a place of refuge by thou­sands of peo­ple dur­ing World War I. The maze of pas­sages at Pom­mery also housed a hos­pi­tal, a school and a post of­fice. The Chalk Mine head­quar­ters are lo­cated on Reim’s Butte Saint-Ni­caise, a site with more than eigh­teen cen­turies of his­tory. De­scend the stairs to the un­der­ground and ex­pe­ri­ence the old world

cre­ated in Gallo-Ro­man times in the 13th cen­tury. The site was aban­doned for 150 years and res­ur­rected in the 1920s with the ar­rival of a Cham­pagne House. Af­ter the war, Tait­tinger bought the site and moved its head­quar­ters there. The build­ing’s orig­i­nal art-deco style has been metic­u­lously pre­served and it shows. Stroll the cav­ernous space, its nooks and cran­nies and al­low your senses to dic­tate the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Today, Tait­tinger‘s Cham­pagne house pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately 400,000 cases a year of Cham­pagne cu­vee, Brut Re­serve, vin­tage wines and sublime Blancs de Blancs pres­tige cu­vee Comtes de Cham­pagne, matched by an equally ex­quis­ite and rare rose type. Tait­tinger makes a Brut Réserve ev­ery year which is rec­og­nized all over the world. Pro­duced with a unique pro­por­tion of first press wines, this cuvée is a blend that has a par­tic­u­larly high per­cent­age of Chardon­nay (40%) com­bined with Pinot Noir (35%) and Pinot Me­u­nier (25%), which come from more than 35 dif­fer­ent crus and har­vest upon har­vest. Af­ter ag­ing three to four years in their cel­lars (over twice the le­gal re­quire­ment0, it reaches a ma­tu­rity packed with fla­vor. The color is a bright golden straw yel­low. The nose is very ex­pres­sive, with aro­mas of fruit and a ro­bust brioche note. There are also hints of peach, white flow­ers and vanilla. On the palate, the “at­tack” is fresh and lively, ex­press­ing del­i­cate fla­vors of fruit and honey. The fin­ish of­fers a slight hint of grape­fruit.

Cham­pagne Tait­tinger’s port­fo­lio con­sists of Brut La Fran­caise NV, Pres­tige Rose NV, Pre­lude Grands Crus NV, Brut Milles­ime 2012, Blancs De Blancs 2006, Rose 2006, Noc­turne NV and Noc­turne Rose NV. http://www.cel­lar­tours.com/france/french-winer­ies/tait­tinger

About Reims, France:

Reims, an Art and His­tory city is ideal for more than just sip­ping and tast­ing. Stroll through its streets and dis­cover many sites, mon­u­ments and mu­se­ums which proudly show­case the his­tory of Reims, from the Gallo-Ro­man to the mod­ern era, go­ing through the Art Deco pe­riod.

For those with a pas­sion for botany, Reims lies in the first flo­ral depart­ment of France with 103 com­munes ranked 1 to 4 flow­ers, among them Reims with the 4 flow­ers rank. The “Coulée Verte”, a wide band of green­ery that crosses the city from north­west to south-east, fol­lows the River Vesle and the Aisne-Marne Canal. Jog along the canal and take in the fra­grance and the vi­sions be­fore you. The Parc na­turel ré­gional de la Mon­tagne de Reims is a hik­ers dream, lo­cated in the out­skirts of the city.

While cham­pagne is Reims’ most fa­mous prod­uct, Reims holds nu­mer­ous culi­nary trea­sures to sat­isfy the most dis­crim­i­nat­ing taste buds.

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