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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 3 Vintage Case 75cl
|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: Alexandre Ponnavoy
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 in existence. 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 great success of the post-war period. Purchased in 1932 by Pierre Taittinger, he went about changing the name to Taittinger Mailly & Cie and started purchasing a great number of vineyards whilst the economy was depressed and land was going cheap.
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 and the Château was one of his most revered purchases. Taittinger’s home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and fourth century Roman cellars once belonging to the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great champagnes.
Owning some 288 hectares of vineyards in the best localities of Champagne makes Taittinger 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. These ensure a regular supply of approximately 50% of Taittinger’s annual needs, significantly more than other well-known Champagne houses. The remaining 50% are purchased from carefully selected growers, some of whose links go back four generations. As quality is of paramount importance, Taittinger only use grapes from the finest vineyards in Champagne and impressively rank in the top two major Champagne houses in terms of self-sufficient supply.
The hallmark of Champagne Taittinger is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve to 100% in the prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the house many accolades and awards over the years.
All of the Chardonnay grapes used in Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs originate from the 100% rated Grand Cru vineyards of Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger and Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Vineyard procurement is the role of Managing Director, Damien Le Sueur, the vineyards are then managed under the watchful eye of Vincent Collard and the champagnes are made by long-standing Taittinger Chef de Cave, Loïc Dupont.
Today, the Reims-based House is headed by Pierre’s son, Pierre-Emmanual Taittinger. His son Clovis and daughter Vitalie are also both actively involved in the day-to-day running of this thriving family-run Champagne house.