Wine Review: NV Taittinger La Francaise Brut Champagne Reims France

Wine Review: NV Taittinger La Francaise Brut, Champagne, Reims, France

This Taittinger La Francaise Brut cuvee of 35 different crus is the real deal. You would be hard pressed to find a better beverage for brunch at any price without moving up to small production grower Champagne. I mentioned brunch but this sparkler would work with almost anything. Hell I would have it with crispy cream donuts. That is if I ate crispy creams. The honey vanilla, fresh baked brioche aromas were tantalizing. The flavor parade in the Taittinger La Francaise Brut brought out a citrusy yeasty flavor combination that was deliriously decadent and the perfect pairing with my bacon, mushroom, and Swiss cheese quiche. In addition, we served cold smoked Pacific Northwest salmon, a locally produced goat cheese and fresh Oregon berries. Combined with the conversation that comes with great company, it was the perfect Sunday morning.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $35 | 12.0% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Daniel Flury September 28, 2012 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    Any time is a good time for Champagne. Seriously! No special occasion required. Thanks for sharing..

    • enobytes September 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM - Reply

      Good advice to follow Daniel.

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