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It’s sooo nearly Valentine’s, and what would the day of love be without a bubble or two? I’m giving this week’s text slot to Trish Booth from Kendermanns, producers of international award-winning wines, who wants to let you in on a rather suave sip that she's currently recommending:

I’m really enjoying Champagne Taittinger Brut Vintage 2002. The Taittinger headquarters in Reims are situated above magnificent 4th-century Roman cellars, which, at one time, belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise. Its miles of tunnels and cellars offer the perfect storage for the slow but necessary ageing process involved in making this great Champagne.

Not only that, but this stunning vintage also won both the Decanter Fine Wine Awards 2008 Gold Medal and the International Wine Challenge 2008 Gold award. Produced from a blend of 50% Chardonnay from the “Grands Crus” of the Côte des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the “Grands Crus” of the Montagne de Reims, it is full-bodied with a rich mid-palate, well-rounded and supple with a wide range of fruity flavours, including fresh apricot and brioche. The finish is long and complex.

It’s at the mid point of the price range, but don’t forget that this is Vintage 2002, a seven-year-old gem, and it’ll make a perfect aperitif, as well as match well with white meats, such as chicken breasts in a light creamy sauce.

12% ABV. Single bottle: £42.99 (price correct at time of going to press) from Thresher, Majestic, Oddbins, independent specialist retailers and www.everywine.co.uk

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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