Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002

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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 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.

News Article: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002 placed third in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8-10 years on the lees
Disgorged (bottle): March 2012
Disgorged (magnum): June 2012
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: 2017-2025

Tasting Note: Pale golden-yellow colour with a fresh nose opening on grilled, toasty notes. The palate is expressive and powerful, dominated by citrus fruit, with more delicate hints of grapefruit and sweet liquorice notes. This is the most arresting Comtes since 1996: a very drinkable champagne but also one that will enjoy a long future.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002 magnums do not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2016
18/20
“Disgorged March 2012. RS 9 g/l. From Taittinger's UK agent, Hatch Mansfield.
Tasted blind. Very pale greenish straw. Very, very fine bead. Dense and tight with layers. Comtes or Salon? Very tightly laced with a tiny little bead. Very fine. Comtes?”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2016
18.5/20
“100% Chardonnay. Disgorged March 2012. RS 9 g/l.
Tasted blind. Very well mannered. Not at all showy, but all seems to be in the right proportion. Racy and energetic. Really very much in the spirit of 2002. Lots there but such pace! Marked acidity but great fruit too. Long. Youthful.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
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18.5/20
“Pale greenish straw. Quite a different colour from the vintage 2002 – paler. Lacy reductive nose. Distinctly smoky. Very readable and perfect, fine Chardonnay – richer and more powerful than the 2004.
Drink 2018-2030”
Michael Edwards,
Decanter.com,
Jul 2016
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95/100
“Youthful vigour and purity of green fruits, hazlenuts and a touch of fennel. Great subtlety. Magnum
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
May 2016
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96-98/100
“Bright lemon colour. Restrained yet intense nose still holding back. Beautiful underlying depth and gorgeous toasty layers. A warmer feel than in the 2004. Sweet, bright fruitiness with light spiciness, cinnamon. Superb toasty note. Plenty of character, delivering on every front. Superbly elegant. Regrettably a small-sized vintage for Comtes.”
Richard Juhlin,
Decanter,
Dec 2015
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95/100
“Though very dumb when tasted soon after disgorgement, just three months later you could already taste the grandeur and concentration. There were just 35,000 bottles made in this vintage, 100,000 fewer than normal, so there will be fighting over these dense, lime-scented beauties when the wine finally awakens.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2015
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18.5
“Tasted blind. Disgorged June 2012.
Richer, more evolved nose than the sample tasted alongside. Much broader and creamier. I thought it therefore had to be from a bottle but in fact it was a magnum.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Dec 2012
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98/100
“Taittinger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is off the charts. I have tasted the 2002 now many times, and it has never been less than thrilling. A vivid kaleidoscope of pure Chardonnay aromas and flavors opens up in the glass. The 2002 is at once incredibly rich yet also totally weightless and impeccable in its balance. All the classic Comtes notes are there, but with a level of detail and nuance I don’t think I have ever seen before. The 2002 is breathtakingly beautiful today, but also appears to have the stuffing to age for decades. Personally, I would be looking to buy the 2002 in magnums if at all possible. Sadly, there is little wine to go around as 2002 was a very short crop. Readers who can track down the 2002 are in store for something truly great. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2042”
Wine Spectator,
WineSpectator.com,
Dec 2012
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94/100
“A rich base of toasted brioche and briny mineral supports flavors of poached quince, white peach puree, fleur de sel, pastry and smoked almond. There's a quiet verve to this wine, with a fine, silky texture throughout. Drink now through 2025.”
Stephen Tanzer,
International Wine Cellar,
Nov 2012
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95/100
“Light, bright gold. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes lemon curd, pear skin, iodine, honeysuckle and toasty lees, with notes of ginger and honey emerging with air. Strikes an impressive balance of power and restraint, opening slowly to offer vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors, along with intense floral and spice nuances. Clings with superb tenacity on the gently smoky finish, which features zesty orange pith and mineral qualities. By the way, the 2004 Comtes de Champagne Rose has become even more intense over the last 12 months, gaining in both mineral and floral intensity. I know the old saw about aging rose Champagne but this is a wine that is built for the long haul.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Nov 2012
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18/20
“100% Chardonnay. Greenish straw. Nicely balanced and relatively open. Quite a high dosage but very easy to like. Fine and as though there’s a drawstring on the finish. All very neat on the end after quite an effusive beginning. Mid weight to light.”
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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