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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000

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Description & Technical Information
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Originally known as Forest-Fourneaux with history dating back to 1734 and in 1932 Pierre Taittinger bought the House and the Taittinger label was born. A century of incredible growth saw Taittinger become one of the biggest producers and today is one of the last big independent, family-owned Houses. Pierre-Emmanuel retired in 2019 and was succeeded as President by his daughter Vitalie. They own 288-hectares of vineyards and the Taittinger style is the high percentage of Chardonnay. In 2017 Taittinger received two environmental accreditations: the ‘Viticulture Durable en Champagne’ (Sustainable vine-growing in Champagne) and the Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE – High environmental sustainability.)

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: Climate conditions for the year 2000 were normal, however annual average temperatures were higher than that of 1999. Flowering occurred in mid June whilst sum- mer weather conditions prevailed. Shortly before picking time, a large part of the harvest still had to ripen amidst considerable rain- fall. However, luckily the grapes continued to ripen quickly, and in the beginning of September the region saw an unanticipated level of maturity. Harvesting took place from 13 to 25 September in dry weather.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 9 years
Disgorged: October 2010
Dosage: 10 g/l
Production: 1,700 Cases
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: The pristine Chardonnay fruit and richness of the vintage just build up to a big wow. Pronounced, soft, creamy nose with charred toastiness, sweet apple and vanilla. Velvet-smooth, creamy on the palate with classy mineral bite at the end. Voluptuous and caressing texture. Crisp and intense. A perfect drink today but will further improve. A gorgeous, gorgeous Comtes. Very close to being the champagne of the vintage. - Tasted by Essi Avellan MW
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Pale straw. Very fresh and refreshing. Riesling-esque. Mouth-filling and filigree textured. Nicely matured – we’re at a good point to drink this. A delightful surprise, this one. Not a vintage with a fabulous reputation but it has developed well, better than Loïc Dupont expected, and this is beautifully balanced.”
96 → 98/100
Essi Avellan MW
“This Comtes has been so impressive since the beginning. The pristine Chardonnay fruit and richness of the vintage just build up to a big wow. Pronounced, soft, creamy nose with charred toastiness, sweet apple and vanilla. Velvet-smooth, creamy on the palate with classy mineral bite at the end. Voluptuous and caressing texture. Crisp and intense. A perfect drink today but will further improve. A gorgeous, gorgeous Comtes. Very close to being the champagne of the vintage.”
96/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2000 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is a huge wine bursting with ripe varietal fruit, smoke, ash, crushed rocks and slate. This is an unusual Comtes that deftly balances richness and power while maintaining considerable minerality. The 2000 will be hard to resist in its youth, but should also age beautifully for a number of years. It is a stunning, flat-out great bottle. This is Lot L0346UJ05700. Disgorged October 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.”
96/100
Falstaff
“Light gold with green glints, fine, consistent mousse. Multi-layered fruit nuances, which are underpinned by fresh meadow herbs, nut nuances, and fine caramel with hints of yellow apple. Solidly composed with a creamy texture and exhibiting a great freshness and vitality superseded by an elegant aromatic combination of dried fruits and floral elements on the finish. Immensely refined and pleasurable drinking flow, vibrancy and length. ”
94/100
Alison Napjus
“A savory, aromatic accent of dried herb and candied orange peel notes mixes with yellow peach, kumquat, honey, graphite and creamy mineral. Very refined and elegant, with finely tuned acidity driving this to the mouthwatering finish. 1,700 cases made.”
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