This Online Tasting is on Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm 💻 🍷
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Join us for FREE as we dive into our third BUBBLES exploratory series! We're learning about famed Champagne giant, the incredible Taittinger! Ian Blackburn hosts a deep dive into a great bottle with special guest Clovis Taittinger, who will be providing insider details and knowledge about the legendary Champagne House.
Taittinger is one of just five Champagne houses to cellar its wines in the famous ‘Crayeres’ of Reims – chalk caves originally dug by the Romans. The house owns four kilometres of Crayeres, nowadays used to age their prestige cuvees.
Taittinger’s history can be traced back to 1734, when it was originally known as Forest-Fourneaux, founded by Jacques Fourneaux who worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. As such, the house is the third oldest Champagne producer in history.
The estate was bought by the Taittingers – a family of wine merchants – in 1932, and thanks to the great depression and subsequent low land prices, the family also picked up huge swathes of vineyard. From 1945-1960, Francois Taittinger established the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and after his death in 1960 his brother Claude took over, pushing the estate into a Champagne house of world renown. Such was the status of the label that the Taittinger family soon expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this eventually led to financial difficulties, and in 2005 the Taittinger brand – including the Champagne house – was sold to the American owned Starwood Hotel Group. The sale was badly received by the Champagne industry, with many fearing the new owners – unfamiliar with the culture of Champagne – would put profit ahead of quality.
Just one year later, Claude’s nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who had always been opposed to the sale, negotiated a €660m deal with the Starwood Group, and the Taittinger family resumed ownership of the company. Taittinger is therefore one of the few remaining independently owned Champagne Houses.
Region: Champagne, France
Year Founded: 1932
Winemaker: Alexandre Ponnavoy
About Clovis Taittinger, Managing Director
At the request of his father, Clovis Taittinger became part of the team which Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger built around him in 2007. Since 2011, Clovis Taittinger oversees the international development of Taittinger Champagne.
Nearly 75% of all sales happen abroad. He is a genuine ambassador for the brand and tirelessly works to form partnerships with countries such as India and China, helping to create those ‘Taittinger Moments’ with people, even thousands of miles away from France. His thorough knowledge about the tastes and cultures of international clients is a real key to success for the brand, particularly when preparing champagnes for international award panels. Clovis Taittinger is keen to discover new partnerships linking the brand with the world of art, theatre and sport. He is responsible for the ties between the Champagne House and the FIFA World Cup, for which Taittinger has been the official champagne since 2014.
Born in 1978, the eldest of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger’s children, Clovis is today a driving force at the heart of the family business.. He graduated from Edhec Business School and has a degree in History from Sorbonne University, Paris. He worked for several years in banking and auditing, as well as in property and the hotel trade before joining his father.
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