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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2009

Mix 12
£324.00
Mix 6
£326.00
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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 Rosé is a prestige cuvée made entirely from grapes sourced from the best vines in the prestigious Côte des Blancs and Montage de Reims regions. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year. Wine-making 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. The Pinot Noir grapes, 15% of which are made into red wine, originate from the famous vineyards of Bouzy. 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. This 2009 vintage presents an accomplished and brilliant Comtes de Champagne Rosé, with a signature that is both sun-drenched and light at the same time. Unique and produced from the finest limestone terroirs in Champagne.

Weather: 2009 in the vineyard was characterised by weather conditions favouring the development of the vine. April was gentle, followed by quite a fresh and wet three months (May, June and July). As a consequence, mildew emerged at an unusually early period of the year (mid-may). However, in some areas in Aisne, the disease was totally controlled. Apart from this, other diseases were limited this season. The weather conditions in August and September helped the grapes’ maturity. August was hot and dry, allowing a quick rise of maturity, followed by a few but intense rainy days at the beginning of September. The grapes got full benefit of these good conditions. The harvest took place in gorgeous weather conditions, most summer like. Harvesting started on September 8th with Pinot Meunier located in Vallée de la Marne, quickly followed by other varieties, up to September 21st.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Bouzy | Chardonnay: Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger | Red Wine: Bouzy
Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay | inc. 12% Red Wine
Lees Ageing: 12 Years
Dosage: 9 g/l
Disgorged: 2022
pH: 3.02
Drink: Now to 2032

Tasting Note: A beautiful colour of bronze and orange with some pink at the end. Aromas of dried strawberry and orange peel with orange blossom and other flowers. Medium to full body with a round, creamy texture, very fine bubbles and a lovely, long finish. Plenty of subtle pie-crust and biscuit flavours at the end. Yet it remains so complex. Very vinous. - Tasted by James Suckling
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Expert Reviews
99/100
James Suckling
“A beautiful color of bronze and orange with some pink at the end. Aromas of dried strawberry and orange peel with orange blossom and other flowers. Medium to full body with a round, creamy texture, very fine bubbles and a lovely, long finish. Plenty of subtle pie-crust and biscuit flavors at the end. Yet it remains so complex. Very vinous. Drink or hold.”
95/100
Essi Avellan
“Taittinger used to release Comtes rosé before the blanc de blancs, but this is now changing, with the 2009 rosé entering the market alongside the 2012 white. This is great news for the rosé, which greatly benefits from ageing, amplifying its rich, wild Pinot characters. This copper-toned rosé is of a fruity style, supple and fragrant already upon launch. Dark cherry fruit with exotic spices, toffee, orange peel and sous-bois. Structured palate of firm but ripe tannin; sumptuously fruity with exemplary freshness. Gourmand and winey. On this year of great Pinot Noir, no white Comtes de Champagne was made. Dosage 9g/l”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Provence rosé, eat your heart out. This wine looks more like a clarete – deep orangey-strawberry pink. It's far from difficult to persuade yourself there are notes of both strawberry and orange in this concentrated, somehow upright wine. Nothing vapid about it, it's clearly a wine that would be extremely happy at a well-laden table. From a pretty ripe vintage, its superior pedigree is clear as it has an intense, sophisticated nose and a bone-dry finish after grabbing the palate and giving it a good scrub. There's no attempt to make a smooth-as-satin wine here. It's out to make an impression, and to prove that champagne really is a wine. The finish is even more adamant than the nose at this point. But I think it's time is now.
Drink 2018–2026”
96/100
William Kelley
“The 2009 Brut Comtes de Champagne Rosé is a rich, gourmand rendition of this cuvée, bursting with aromas of sweet red plums, buttery pastry, tangerine and baking spices. Full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a broad attack and a layered, enveloping mid-palate that's girdled by ripe acids, it already offers demonstrative drinking. This has turned out brilliantly.”
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    Earlier this year, we tasted a range of 2018 vins clairs with winemakers at fifteen different houses in Champagne. Thanks to exceptional weather throughout the year, some have been calling it 'the vintage of the century' and expectations are already sky-high. But just how much potential does 2018 have?
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    The unusual weather patterns in 2018 produced the "perfect conditions for the vineyard", according to new Taittinger Chef de Cave Alexandre Ponnavoy. We met last month to taste the vins clairs, which displayed incredible specificity: each wine showcasing the distinctive characteristics of its individual origins.
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    Our trip to Reims in August included a smorgasbord of Taittinger: over twenty champagne tasted with head winemaker Loïc Dupont, including an interesting look into the future with Comtes de Champagne 2008 and 2012.
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    We tasted the 2016 base wines with Vitalie Taittinger, Loïc Dupont & Damien Le Sueur. Discussing the influence of oak barrels, the new 'image of Taittinger Rosé', the potential for Comtes 2016 and Taittinger's new winery; this was a truly eye-opening visit.
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