Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs Vintage, Champagne
- Deep creamy fruit and fantastic complexity and elegance.
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- The Comtes de Champagne once resided in Reims, in the 13th Century building which Taittinger purchased soon after the Great War. They were descended from the Comtes de Troyes, Burgundian noblemen. Tracing back their origins to the 9th Century, these counts were initially feudal. As the Champagne region flourished and trade increased, however, like all civilised races they released it would be much more lucrative to stop bickering and to support the local trade, thus hugely bolstering their local economy. This wise decision is accredited to Thibault IV, a descendant of Charlemagne, who was a staunch supporter of the many Champagne fairs attended by merchants from across Europe. It was Thibault IV that Taittinger honoured when they released the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs with the 1952 vintage. This is a blend of largely Grand Cru wines; the fruit is generally sourced from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Pierry, although the exact blend will differ from year to year.
A very lively bead in the glass, still rather fat despite this wine's twelve years. The nose has a precise and bright citrussy, lemon freshness, but with a very serious deep seam of smoke and minerals, the combination of the two seeming paradoxical and yet divine in their combination. Later, there are notes of home-made praline, the delicious aroma of roasted almonds and crunchy sweetness that comes when you make your own. There is depth, vinosity and precision here. A lively mousse on the palate, covering a dense minerality, overall a very vinous style; this is a top quality wine which happens to have bubbles, if you understand my meaning. Very fresh, with lots of bright but appropriate acidity, and a mouthwatering midpalate.
- 'The great family-owned house of Taittinger's top-of-the-range all Chardonnay Comtes de Champagne is one of the region's finest bottles. And while it does have the price tag to match, the judges were unstinting in their praise of its quality, talking up its 'elegance and precision'. Drawn from six grands crus in the Cotes de Blancs, it has been produced (only in the best years) since 1952, and has a proven track record for ageing. Still tight and youthful, the 2006 is built to last.' - The Wine Merchant Top 100, 2016
'I have great admiration for Taittinger. For Pierre-Emmanuel to buy it back after the rest of the family voted to sell the house took great courage and commitment. This is a classic blanc de blancs - very pure with elegant brioche notes and apricot gratin flavours. This wine is not at its peak, but is drinking perfectly now. It's all that you want from a great Champagne. I would serve it with an old but classic recipe: lobster thermidor. Drink 2016-2026' - Gerard Basset, Decanter Magazine December 2016
- The Wine Merchant Top 100 2016
Gold Medal Winner International Wine Challenge 2013, Gold medal Decater World WIne Awards
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Get hold of some fine caviar to do justice to this very fine Champagne.
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