Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998

Per Bottle
£695.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2008
Dosage: 11.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025

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.
Champagne Taittinger Overview
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Expert Reviews
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Nicely coming along and lively with full confidence and masses of acidity. Slight note of veg. Starting to become just a little bit loose.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum. ‘This is our P2’, but they don’t have enough from the original disgorged to commercialise it. The original was disgorged in 2008.
Deep gold straw. Smoky nose. Lots of lemon and creaminess. Layers and length. Quite rich. Seems sweeter than the 2007 and 2008.”
News Articles
  1. 2018 Vins Clairs: A Vintage Summary

    2018 Vins Clairs: A Vintage Summary

    June 14, 2019

    Earlier this year, we tasted a range of 2018 vins clairs with winemakers at fifteen different houses in Champagne. Thanks to exceptional weather throughout the year, some have been calling it 'the vintage of the century' and expectations are already sky-high. But just how much potential does 2018 have?
  2. Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 7, 2019

    The unusual weather patterns in 2018 produced the "perfect conditions for the vineyard", according to new Taittinger Chef de Cave Alexandre Ponnavoy. We met last month to taste the vins clairs, which displayed incredible specificity: each wine showcasing the distinctive characteristics of its individual origins.
  3. The Future According to Taittinger

    The Future According to Taittinger

    October 20, 2017

    Our trip to Reims in August included a smorgasbord of Taittinger: over twenty champagne tasted with head winemaker Loïc Dupont, including an interesting look into the future with Comtes de Champagne 2008 and 2012.
  4. Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    March 30, 2017

    We tasted the 2016 base wines with Vitalie Taittinger, Loïc Dupont & Damien Le Sueur. Discussing the influence of oak barrels, the new 'image of Taittinger Rosé', the potential for Comtes 2016 and Taittinger's new winery; this was a truly eye-opening visit.
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