For more than 60 years, Taillevent has built its cellars around its own discoveries, complemented by those wines we refer to as essentials and elusives.
- An Essentialis a truly legendary wine that everyone should taste at least once in their lives.
- An Elusiveis a vineyard sought-after by wine lovers worldwide, because it represents the pinnacle of viticulture, but is produced only on a tiny scale.
- A Discoveryis how we refer to the wine made by a young winemaker who may one day become an Essential, or perhaps an Elusive, but definitely one or the other!
This is the background and attitude we bring to helping you build your own cellar as a happy combination of daily drinking wines and outstanding bottles.
The way in which you keep your wines is a key element in their ageing: the choice of storage area is absolutely crucial to ensuring its stability and organoleptic qualities.
Wine cellars should be constantly cool, and not subject to thermal shock.
The fact is that above 14°C, yeast and bacteria can become active, posing a risk that your wines could suffer from undesirable fermentation and the subsequent development of carbonic gas.
Wide variations in temperature can also cause the wine to expand and push corks to the point where they begin to leak.
It is essential that corks retain their flexibility and elasticity in order to fulfil their role of keeping the wine in, and the air out.
A wine cellar must therefore be reasonably humid: 70% humidity is ideal. Above that level, there is a risk that the labels will suffer!
Vibration and light:
The perfect cellar will also provide protection against vibration, which can accelerate the oxidation of wine. It will also have controlled lighting, because ultraviolet radiation has a negative effect on anthocyanic pigments and can accelerate oxidation.
As part of helping you to enjoy your wines at the peak of their maturity, we offer you a vintage rating guide, which you can view on the WINES page of this website.
It makes no claim to pass judgement on a particular Château or vineyard, but simply provides an indication of the general quality of each ofFrance’s leading wine areas and its development over time.
Buying wine en primeur allows you to buy wine at a very attractive price, and enhance your cellar year after year.
Every spring, we offer a collection of more than 100 Châteaux-bottled wines rigorously selected on the basis of tastings of the vintage in Bordeaux by Taillevent Group Wine Department Director Pierre Bérot (please refer to the OFFERS page for more information).
Giving wine en primeur as a gift is also a wonderfully original way of celebrating a birth or marriage of the same ‘vintage’!
You can reserve your wine confident in the knowledge that all our wines en primeur are bought in advance by Les Caves de Taillevent.
Wines, champagnes, spirits and fine gift presentations are sure to give pleasure and always convey a message of friendship built on values of cordiality.
Choose from our catalogue (please refer to the OFFERS page) or from among the more than 1,500 references available in our cellars.
We are also here to help you with any request you may have for rare wines or venerable vintages.
We are always delighted to include personal messages with gift presentations, and will ensure that they are received by all your recipients.
Are you thinking of hosting a reception? Our sommeliers are fully at your disposal, not only to help and advise you in choosing your wines and champagne, but also in coordinating your event by offering their services in your own home (please refer to the TASTINGS page).
A symbol of elegance and sophistication for your guests: the Taillevent Champagne Collection prepared by Maison Deutz.
On the basis of their experience gained with us and in other leading gastronomic establishments in Franceand abroad, the sommeliers of Taillevent are perfectly placed to advise you on your choices.
Give free rein to your talents as a chef! Let us add a touch of the sublime to your meals by contributing our ideas on the marriage of food with wine!
“A good meal, well cooked, and served so that it is as seductive to the eye as to the appetite, is a delight in itself; add a glass of wine - gleaming red or translucent greenish gold- and delectation will be doubled”.
Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits.