“I have an old-fashioned, chorus-girl kind of taste in Champagne. Not Moët – I always get heartburn. My favourite is Taittinger.”
– Thomas Adès, Composer in Time Out London, May 1 – 7, 2008
It’s little wonder Moët gives Adès heartburn.
The wine writer, Peter Bourne, once told me – there’s nothing wrong with Moët, but it’s only really good at the racecourse.
A vintage Champagne from Taittinger is released ten years after bottling.
Suitable for a composer that has been described as if “the piano is waiting to make these sounds – for 200 years – to come out”.
I’d recommend the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc des Blancs 1998 – the latest available vintage blanc des blancs Taittinger Champagne. When I tried the 1986 vintage a year ago it danced for hours after tasting it.
The 1998 is still comparatively young.
But I’m sure it would make the most magnificent of chorus girls happy.
Link: Roll over Beethoven: Thomas Adès by Alex Ross, NY Times music critic