By Andy Young

Family-owned Champagne house Taittinger has released its Brut Millésimé 2008 in Australia.

The Millésimé is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality and the 2008 is described by Taittinger's export manager for Asia Pacific, Ferreol du Fou as the "vintage of the decade"

Launched on the French holiday of Bastille Day Fou said this was a great day for "another celebration, a celebration of a new-born baby, the vintage 2008. The vintage of the decade; this was a very good vintage for Champagne in general and especially for Taittinger.

He added: "Fifty per cent Chardonnay, 50 per cent Pinot Noir, it's something very elegant, with a nice acidity, lemon taste. No pressure, just easy and fun and passionate."

Passion one of the three things that Fou says underlines what the Taittinger brand stands for, the other being "family and love".

The tasting notes for the Millésimé 2008 declare "intensity and mineral characters, the nose combines that of both fresh floral and citrus notes, in particular lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, the fruit, vinosity and richness predominate from the first sip to the lasting finish."

The Millésimé 2008 is now available in Australia and is distributed by McWilliam's with a $159.99 RRP.

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