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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 3 Vintage Case
|Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 3 Vintage Case - 75cl||Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 3 Vintage Case - 75cl||£475.00|
The proud owners of 288-hectares of vineyards in the best localities, Taittinger self-supply half of their grape needs. The hallmark of the Taittinger style is the high percentage of Chardonnay, providing the characteristic elegance, delicacy and freshness for which their champagnes are so well-known. The pride of the House is the pure-Chardonnay prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne, a pioneering blanc de blancs that ranks amongst the finest of all prestige cuvées. In late 2015, Tatittinger announced that they had started sparkling wine production in Southern England.
Cellar Master: Loïc Dupont
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): 6,000,000
This unique and rare Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 3 Vintage Case is an exceptional celebration of the diversity of vintage prestige cuvée champagne. Showcasing the qualities of the incredible 2002, 2004 and 2006 vintages expressed with the characteristic pure-Chardonnay Taittinger Comtes de Champagne style, this Limited Edition case includes one 75cl bottle each of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2002, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004 and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006.
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 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!
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 3 Vintage Case includes three 75cl bottles as described, presented in a beautifully crafted and branded wooden case (as shown in the picture on the left).
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.”
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This Champagne House was originally established by Jacques Fourneaux, under his own name in 1743, making it the third oldest Champagne House. Jacques came from a family of important vineyard owners and was succeeded by his son Jerome who was the advisor to the young widowed Nicole-Barbe Clicquot. Jerome blended all the Veuve Clicquot wines between 1805 and 1810.
There is little to say about the formative years which were uneventful compared to the post-war period when it enjoyed great success. Having been purchased in 1932 by Pierre Taittinger, he went about changing the name to Taittinger Mailly & Cie. Pierre then started purchasing a great number of vineyards really cheaply as the economy was depressed and land was going for a song.
Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the First World War as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property whose name came from the history of cultivating alternating plots of black and white grapes. This was one of his most revered purchases.
Today, the Reims based House is headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanual Taittinger and his son, Clovis and daughter Vitalie both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House. Taittinger's home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars. These forth century Roman cellars once belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great Champagne.
Owning some 288 hectares of vineyards in the best localities of Champagne makes it the second largest domaine owner in the region. The most famous of these are the vineyards surrounding Château de la Marquetterie and parcels in the prestigious Côte des Blancs. This ensures a regular supply of approximately 50 per cent of Taittinger's annual needs, significantly more than other well known Champagne houses. The remaining 50 per cent come from carefully selected growers, some of whose links go back four generations. As quality is of paramount importance, Taittinger only uses grapes from the finest vineyards in Champagne. Taittinger ranks in the top two major Champagne Houses in terms of self supply. The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40 per cent in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100 per cent in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years.
All the Chardonnay grapes used in the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs come from the 100 per cent rated vineyards of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Mesnil-Sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs. The vineyards are managed under the careful eye of Vincent Collard, Champagne Taittinger's highly regarded vineyard manager. All the wines are made under the watchful eye of Taittinger's long standing 'Chef des Caves' Loïc Dupont.