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Taittinger

The Champagne House, based in Reims, was founded in 1734 by the champagne dealer Jacques Fourneaux and is thus behind Ruinart the second oldest. The cellars of the former Saint-Nicaise Abbey date back to the 13th century. The company was bought in 1931 by Pierre-Charles Taittinger (Austrian origin) together with his brother-in-law. He enlarged the property by extensive purchases. From 1942 to 1960 led François Taittinger, after his death Claude Taittinger (* 1927) the company. In 2005, two-thirds of the total company, which in addition to the champagne production also several hotels (including the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris) included, sold for inheritance disputes to the US company Starwood. Just one year later, however, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger (nephew of Claude Taittinger), with the help of a bank consortium, bought back the champagne production for around 660 million euros, which he attributed not least to his emotional attachment to the company. Since 2006 he is responsible as managing director. The management also includes Virginie Taittinger, the daughter of Claude Taittinger.

Its own vineyards cover 280 hectares, with the classic champagne varieties Pinot Noir (about half), Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are. Around as many grapes are purchased by contract growers mostly from the Côte des Blancs. It produces Chardonnay-accented champagne, the most common brands being Brut Réserve, Brut Prestige Rosé and Prélude. The Cuvée de Prestige is called "Comtes de Champagne Blanc", of which there is also a rose version. In June 2013 Taittinger presented his official champagne for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In total, there are about 4.5 million bottles per year champagne more than half of them are exported. In the cellars store or mature about 15 million bottles. Owned by the estate Domaine Carneros in California, where also sparkling wines (the Cuvée de Prestige is called "Vintage Blanc de Blancs") and also still wines are produced.

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