Nashville Wine Auction is excited to welcome Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, President of Taittinger, to Nashville for the 34th Annual l’Eté du Vin. Son of Jean and Corinne Taittinger and grandson of Pierre Taittinger–the founder of Champagne Taittinger–Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger joined the family business in 1976 and is now head of Champagne Taittinger and chairman of Domaine Carneros, Taittinger’s California sparkling wine partnership.
A graduate of the Centre de Formation aux Affaires of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Reims, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger completed his business education with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is married with three children.
Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses in France. The firm is distinguished for its extensive vineyard holdings of 752 acres, including prestigious Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims regions. Unlike most large houses, Champagne Taittinger relies primarily on estate grapes for its portfolio of Champagnes. Also unique are the higher proportion of Chardonnay in its wines that gives Taittinger its signature style, and the time devoted to aging the wines before release—most often greatly exceeding the legal requirement, in a practice that also has become a Taittinger hallmark.