Taittinger Prelude is made soley from fruit grown in Grand Cru classified vineyards. 50% Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims area. The careful blend and lower dosage results in a crisp, elegant wine, perfect either as an aperitif or as a match with shellfish or Dover sole. The colour is a brilliant, pale yellow with silvery highlights, reflective of the high proportion of Chardonnay. The bubbles are fine and form a lasting and delicately creamy mousse. The nose is subtle and fresh. The initial mineral aromas quickly develop into green, floral scents with hints of elderflower and spicy cinnamon overtones. Flavours are dominated by intense fresh citrus fruit which then give way to a much fuller, well-bodied and mellow taste with flavours reminiscent of white peaches in syrup. The finish is long, rich and extremely expressive.