Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical - 75cl Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical - 75cl   £1,225.00
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Champagne Taittinger Overview
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Private Tasting Experience
This is an opportunity to taste six vintages of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne at your house or at a location of your choosing with an option to be tutored through the tasting. Nick our founder presents most of these tastings, however given enough time we will invite someone from Taittinger to present the champagnes.

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.

Included in this collection:
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998: 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.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999: The 2002 vintage was marked by low rainfall and a relatively mild winter. The summer was a succession of hot, sunny days. Shortly before harvest, the rain arrived but soon disappeared, giving way to sunshine once more. A 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: The 2002 vintage was marked by low rainfall and a relatively mild winter. The summer was a succession of hot, sunny days. Shortly before harvest, the rain arrived but soon disappeared, giving way to sunshine once more. A 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 2004: The 2004 vintage saw a relatively soft and late summer with a warm and sunny September. This helped the sugar levels in the grapes which were low at the beginning of September and the final result was good quality fruit. The quantity was also excellent and this combination made it a very good year for Champagne. 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 2005: A pale golden yellow colour with a steady flow of tiny bubbles. This vintage has helped produced a very fresh champagne combined with hints of some toasty notes. On the nose citrus flavours are present and the initial impression on the palate is expressive with vivacious fruit flavour. The lengthy rich finish reveals sweet liquorice notes.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006: The 2006 vintage was a markedly hot year. Fortunately after a cold and snowy winter, there was no damage in the vineyards and the spring levelled things out with steady and mild weather patterns. A variable and unpredictable summer brought periods of extreme heat punctuated by storms in July, but cooler temperatures in August led to an unaffected harvest. Light and refreshing, this is at once intriguing on the nose, with mature notes of ripe fruit and raisin. Well-balanced on the palate with incredible complexity, the dosage of 9 g/L is evident in the full-bodied yet sweet richness. This is an exceptionally pure expression of Chardonnay that is delicious now but promises exciting development over the coming years. One of the best Comtes we've ever tasted!

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

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 6 Vintage Experience includes six 75cl bottles as described.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Six Vintage Vertical
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
17/20
“2006: 100% grand cru Chardonnay. Disgorged 2013.
Sort of electric energy on the slightly muted, introvert nose. Obviously lots more development to come. Subtle, hint of damp plaster – in a nice way! Lots of acidity and tightness. Not yet unfurled. Light note of sweetness on the end but overall dancing rather than dense. Neat and pleasing. But overall still very tight.
Drink 2019-2030”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
17+/20
“2005: Very fine bead. Very tight and some dried spices on the nose. Rich and nervy. Dry finish. Already starting to come out and beguile. Tighter knit than the vintage 2005 in magnum. Not yet ready.
Drink 2018-2030”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2017
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18/20
“2004: 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”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2016
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18.5/20
“2002: 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,
Dec 2008
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17.5/20
“1999: Some rather obvious autolysised Chardonnay on the nose. Round and a bit sweet. Very flattering, but not very sophisticated.
Retasting note: Chardonnay and very nice and appealing even if a little sweet. Nothing to object to. But no great length. This doesn’t seem the most exciting vintage of this wine. ”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Aug 2017
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17.5/20
“1998: Nicely coming along and lively with full confidence and masses of acidity. Slight note of veg. Starting to become just a little bit loose.”
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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