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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006

More vintages: 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005"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 2006 vintage was a markedly hot year. Fortunately, after a cold and snowy winter, there was no damage in the vineyard and the spring levelled things out with steady, mild weather patterns. A variable and unpredictable summer brought periods of extreme heat punctuated by storms in July, but cooler temperatures in August led to an unaffected harvest. The more we taste expressions of the 2006 vintage, the more we are coming to view it as one of the best; second only to 2002, it is surely one of the vintages of the decade.

Light and refreshing, this is at once intriguing on the nose, with mature notes of ripe fruit and raisin. Well balanced on the palate with incredible complexity, its dosage of 9 g/L is evident in its full bodied, yet sweet richness. This is an exceptionally pure expression of Chardonnay that is delicious now, but promises exciting development over the coming years. One of the best Comtes we've ever tasted!

Notably, Loic Dupont, head winemaker at Taittinger commented: "I think the recently released 2006 vintage is possibly the closest stylistic comparison to emerge since the 2002."

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 9 g/L
Disgorged: March 2015

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EssiAvellan.com,
Jan 2017
94-97/100
“Stylishly restrained, pure nose of coffee, smoke, milled chalk and peaches. There is an under-control reduced character waiting to express itself as toasty opulence. Subtly textured, seamless, perky palate with electric vivacity. Richer palate than what was promised by the slightly reserved nose. Fresh, light-weight and salivating. 93 points already upon launch.”
Decanter.com,
Jan 2017
90/100
“Aromas of baked apples and notes toasted hazelnuts on the nose. This is a rounded a supple style of Blanc de blancs with gentle fruit flavours and a crisp, elegant finish.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Jul 2016
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17+/20
“Gnomic back label! The word Comtes is now privileged on the front label. Very pale greenish straw. Quite rich and yeasty on the nose. Tight bead and quite sweet on the front palate. Solid and flattering but far from intellectual. Exuberant. Clean. Gentler in texture than the 1996. 12.5%”
WineSpectator.com,
Oct 2015
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95/100
“A lovely Champagne, offering a rich and expressive palate of dried strawberry and white peach fruit, with toasted hazelnut, pastry, candied ginger and lemon curd flavors set in a fine and elegant frame. Long and creamy on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2031.”
JamesSuckling.com,
Jul 2015
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94/100
“Very fresh expression of pure chardonnay finished with Taittinger's signature toasty layer of autolysis, caramelized grilled nuts, brulée and a wealth of bright, fresh, pure lemon cirrus fruits. The palate has a superfine thread of acidity buried under peach and nectarine fruits. Long, even, focused and powerful, it finishes long and fine.”
VinousMedia.com,
Jul 2015
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97+/100
“The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.”
Decanter.com,
Mar 2016
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94/100
“Pale summer-gold in colour, with sweet, cream-puff scents which seem to float like tissue paper carried on a breeze. Foam-textured and fine-grained on the palate with rounded, soft acidity (more lemon cream than lemon juice) and a sappy, planty freshness too. The graceful, fine-brushed finish almost suggests seeds and gentle spice. Almost all steel-schooled, of course – yet that seasoning pinch of new oak perhaps accounts for some of the insinuating charm here. ”
JancisRobinson.com,
Nov 2013
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19/20
“Disgorged April 2013 for this tasting. Very lively bead indeed. Very sumptuous nose seems eerily close to fine white Côte d'Or burgundy. Still tight and very glamorous. Really classy and explosive. Hugely promising. There is delicacy and charm here.”
Bought directly from Hatch Mansfield, 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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