Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004 - 75cl Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004 - 75cl   £145.95 £147.95 £149.95
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: The 2004 vintage saw an initial winter of mild temperatures with intermittent storms and hail. The spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late in September produced good quality fruits, especially for the Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region. Overall many experts believe that 2004 is one of the greatest vintages of the last two decades.

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: 9 g/l
Drink: 2014-2025

Tasting Note: A rich, enticing aroma of hazelnut with flavours of pastry, poached apple, honey and ginger in the mouth. Complex and well-knit, this has a racy endurance. Comtes de Champagne 2004 reveals the full ageing potential typical of the great Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004 does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
18/20
“Very good year for Chardonnay. Disgorged 2013.
Greenish tinge. Really quite delicate and refined. Like a tight string on a stringed instrument. Classic Chardonnay. Super-clean. Hint of liquid honey. Great refinement and refreshment.
Drink 2017-2030”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Dec 2016
94-96/100
“Such an epitome of elegance. Soft, gunpowder, toast and vanilla lined white fruit nose. Smooth and intense with good tension and a playful nature. Round and mouth-filling with medium length. Seems to age very slowly and gracefully.”
Julia Harding MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Jun 2014
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17.5/20
“100% Chardonnay (100% from grand cru vineyards). Dosage 9 g/l.
Highly aromatic with citrus and a touch of cedar but also something slightly sulphurous. There's quite a woody note on the palate with a slightly sour aftertaste. Wonder if this is in perfect condition? Excellent persistence and leaves your gums tingling.”
Wine Spectator,
WineSpectator.com,
Mar 2014
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94/100
“A rich and enticing aroma of roasted hazelnut heralds this elegant blanc de blancs, with flavors of pastry, poached apple, crystallized honey and candied ginger riding the finely detailed mousse. This is a touch smoky, presenting a resonant minerality on the finish. Drink now through 2029.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Dec 2013
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18.5/20
“Very neat, intense with notes of putty on the nose. Complex and well knit. Masses of acidity! Still quite tight. Very promising and one can certainly see a relationship with a grand cru Chablis here. Very youthful. Gentle bead. Great energy. But quite broad.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
May 2013
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96/100
“I am thrilled with the way the 2004 Comtes de Champagne continues to evolve in bottle. A few years ago, the 2004 was quite focused and linear, in the style of the vintage, but more recently, the wine has begun to fill out beautifully. The 2004 remains bright, with a full range of citrus, white flower and mineral nuances that dance on the palate. A brisk, saline-infused finish rounds things out beautifully in a Comtes that impresses for its crystalline purity. I expect the 2004 will always remain a bit cool next to the more opulent 2002, but it is still drop-dead gorgeous.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2012
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96/100
“It’s fascinating to taste the 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne after the 2002, something I have been able to do on a few occasions. The 2004 is all about minerality, precision and tension. It doesn’t have the sheer richness or power of the 2002, but it makes up for that with its crystalline purity and sheer energy. Bright hints of lemon oil, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into the pointed, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.”
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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