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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999 75cl

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999 - 75cl Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999 - 75cl   £277.95
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: A difficult start to the year with damaging hailstorms in early May were rescued by a warm August which gave the grapes a promising outlook for the harvest. A damp September challenged producers although some champagnes are drinking really well today.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: A pale yellow colour with a fine stream of bubbles. A lovely texture of peaches, and gentle citrus elements. The mouth feel is soft and well rounded. A champagne that is now more open and accessible.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Antonio Galloni MW,
Vinous.com,
Dec 2009
95/100
“The 1999 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne (magnum) is sourced exclusively from Grand Cru villages. A small portion of the wine is aged in barrel. This is an absolutely exquisite Champagne that needs to be opened at least an hour or two in advance to show at its finest. Smoke, citrus, mint and flowers are some of the nuances that emerge from this fresh, fragrant Champagne. Deceptively lithe on the palate, the wine blossoms with air as it fills out with endless layers of perfumed fruit. The wine can be enjoyed today, even if it comes across as a touch sweet. With time, that sweetness will develop into the liqueur-like perfume that makes older Comtes de Champagne so irresistibly alluring. In my experience the magnum format is especially beneficial for Champagnes, and older large bottles of CdC often transform into an ethereal drink of the very highest level. Disgorged mid-January, 2008, (not indicated on label)”
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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