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Taittinger Collection Sow 2002
Limited Edition. Price £225.00. Introduction:
A limited edition: 7000 units worldwide (less than for the previous Collection bottles). Each will be numbered.
Born in 1951 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, Amadou Sow grew up on Goree Island. From a young age, he developed the foundations of his art, rooted in the soil, the sand and the rocks; the very materials that gave him self-expression. He began his artistic career with rock sculptures in the 1970s, turning then towards rigid and transparent plexiglass, and finally to ceramics.
The artist's paintings reflect his life, coloured by journeys and encounters. In 1972 Sow settled in Vienna where he attended the prestigious 300-year-old Academy of Fine Arts. He describes the universe as being at the heart of the artist's mission which he aims to convey as a message through his paintings.
The first impression on the palate is strong then quickly full. The mid-palate is rich, well-rounded and supple with a wide range of fruity and cakey flavours including fresh apricot and brioche. The finish is long and complex.
An ideal aperitif, this wine is a delicious accompaniment to delicate chicken or white meat dishes in light creamy sauces.
Taittinger Brut Millesime 2002 is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, made exclusively from juices from the first pressing. The Chardonnay grapes are mostly from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs and the Pinot Noir grapes are from the crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne.
Dosage - 11.5g/l
Ageing - 4 years
Taittinger only makes a vintage champagne when the harvest has been of such outstanding quality. The wine is then only released after several years of ageing in the cellars, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop.