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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - a sparkling Christmas present
25 Dec 2013 by Jancis Robinson
We wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope that, wherever you are, you will celebrate by popping at least one champagne cork. Here are the notes I took at an impressive recent masterclass conducted by the distinctly unreconstructed Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger (seen here with his UK importer Patrck McGrath hovering nervously in the background) and the guy who does the work, Damien Le Sueur, ex CIVC oenologist. Pierre-Emmanuel, nephew of Claude Taittinger and determined roué, got things off to a good start by admitting to his audience at Decanter 's event in London that the British invented champagne. He rather spoilt it...

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