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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998

More vintages: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006"To my grandson, who will one day be an entrepreneur and be the guardian of the family tradition." Little did the author know how true this prophecy of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger would prove to be - it was a gutsy move buying back the family business in 2008 - but one that has truly paid off. One of the last big independent, family-owned houses that uphold the name not only on the label, but in their management; Pierre-Emmanuel remains President, whilst his son, Clovis, is Export Director, and his daughter, Vitalie, handles the company's artistic vision. Comtes de Champagne is the pinnacle of Taittinger's range offering finesse, elegance and layers of complexity.

All the grapes used in Comtes de Champagne are grown in the 100% rated Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs of Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Chouilly. Only made from Chardonnay and from vintages of exceptional quality, 5% of the wines have aged for 4 months in new oak barrels, a third of which are renewed every year. Presented in 18th century antique style bottles, this hand-crafted Champagne is aged 18 metres underground in the UNESCO status Saint Nicaise cellars in Reims, for a minimum of 8 years before being released.

The 1998 vintage has taken time to evolve and is now very highly regarded, it's maturity has certainly created an exceptional wine. This is a very pale yellow colour with extremely fine and light bubbles. On the nose it is at first intense, opening with rich floral aromas giving way to discreet notes of lime and fresh pineapple. On the palate, it's very lively, with lemony flavours and hints of dried flowers and lime. This is a truly superb Champagne from a fantastic vintage; fine and elegant, but also complex and rich. The 1998 is now showing some beautiful development and its fresh acidity and abundance of fruit will see it continue to develop for many more years.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 11.5 g/L

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 does not come in a gift box and will be delivered in a gift bag

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Aug 2010
“The 1998 Comtes de Champagne is a different story altogether. This is a sexy, up-front Comtes endowed with lovely richness in its fruit and open, expressive aromatics. It remains an impressive, inviting Comtes that should also continue to develop nicely in the bottle for at least another decade plus.”
Dec 2008
“Possibly the most famous Blanc de Blancs, this continues to be a yardstick. The style almost floats, a layer of bubbles that rests gently in the mouth, releasing great flavors of very crisp fruits and a texture that hovers between green apples and minerality. This is a classic.”
Bought from Hatch Mansfield Agencies, the UK agent for Taittinger. This is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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