Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 - 75cl Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 - 75cl   £295.00
Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £695.00
Champagne Taittinger Overview
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is a prestige cuvée blanc de blancs made entirely from Chardonnay grapes sourced from the best vines in the prestigious Côte des Blancs region. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year. Winemaking methods involve strictly using just the first press juice and ageing 5% of the wines for four months in new oak barrels - a third of which are renewed every year - to enhance the intrinsic qualities and complexities of the final blend. Presented in 18th century antique style bottles, this hand-crafted champagne is aged eighteen metres underground in the UNESCO status Saint-Nicaise cellars in Reims for a minimum of eight years before being released.

Weather: The 1998 vintage shows all the hallmarks of a truly outstanding year. The features of the vintage were a high natural sugar content in the grapes and an excellent level of acidity, indicating an exceptional overall balance and long ageing potential.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8-10 years on the lees
Dosage: 11.5 g/l
Drink: 2004-2018

Tasting Note: 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 is 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.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Aug 2010
95/100
“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.”
Roger Voss,
WineEnthusiast.com,
Dec 2008
95/100
“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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