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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Three Vintage Case

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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 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.

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 2005, 2006 and 2007 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 2005, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2005: In general, 2005 was warm and dry. After a winter which was hard but mostly dry, spring was characterised as being very mild with a few warm periods. After a period of concentrated rainfall towards the end of June and beginning of July, the rest of July was dominated by hot weather, and August by cool weather. 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 year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes. 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!

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007: Mostly a warm year, 2007 was characterised by unexpected major weather events. A warm spring was followed by a cool summer, although the end of the ripening process was excellent, with harvests taking place in ideal conditions. Full blossom was achieved bettwen the 24th May and 1st June. Harvesting did not start until 30th August and was carried out under cold, dry wind. This resulted in a healthy, good quality crop. A fine delicate nose which combines white blossom and light citrus hints. The palate is vibrant with lemon and good minerality, a creaminess throughout with bundles of peaches, lemon and undertones of smokiness. The finish is long and lingering which elegantly ends this well rounded 2007.

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 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).
Champagne Taittinger Overview
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Expert Reviews
94 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Rich, ripe white fruit nose coming with a seductive charred, toasty nose. Plenty of pristinely clean fruit. Caressing, smooth silky palate with baking spices and yellow apples. Fresh, zesty palate of fine intensity. Long lingering and appealing.”
17+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“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”
96/100
Antonio Galloni
“Taittinger's 2007 Comtes de Champagne will be nearly impossible to resist upon release. Soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and soft contours give the 2007 its alluring personality. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, chamomile and green pear add brightness and freshness throughout, with a persistent, clean finish that makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Today, the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002. Although the 2007 does not have the explosive energy or verticality of the profound 2006, it will drink better earlier. The 2007 has been positively brilliant on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.”
93 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Fresh fragrant nose with floral tones. Attractive cool fruitiness with a touch of vanilla. Comes with cool freutiness and stylish restraint. Crisp palate with super smooth texture and fine intensity. Playful, bright fruity style with elegance. Feisty, invigorating acidity and long mineral length. ”
95/100
William Kelley
“The 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne continues to show very well, and it hasn't evolved appreciably since I last tasted it a few months ago. Revealing a pretty bouquet of lemon oil, lily pollen, dried white flowers, blanched almonds and crushed chalk, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and tensile, with excellent depth at the core, racy acids and a pure, precise and notably chalky finish. Tight-knit without being austere, it's a very classically balanced middleweight Comtes that has a long future ahead of it.”
94 → 97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Stylishly restrained, pure nose of coffee, smoke, milled chalk and peaches. There is an under-control reduced character waiting to express itself as toasty opulence. Subtly textured, seamless, perky palate with electric vivacity. Richer palate than what was promised by the slightly reserved nose. Fresh, light-weight and salivating. 93 points already upon launch.”
17+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Gnomic back label! The word Comtes is now privileged on the front label. Very pale greenish straw. Quite rich and yeasty on the nose. Tight bead and quite sweet on the front palate. Solid and flattering but far from intellectual. Exuberant. Clean. Gentler in texture than the 1996. 12.5%”
95/100
Alison Napjus
“A lovely Champagne, offering a rich and expressive palate of dried strawberry and white peach fruit, with toasted hazelnut, pastry, candied ginger and lemon curd flavors set in a fine and elegant frame. Long and creamy on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2031.”
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    The Taittinger Collection: 1983-2016

    December 1, 2021

    We are selling an extremely rare complete set of The Taittinger Collection: The Art of Champagne - 13 champagnes in total, from vintage 1978 to vintage 2008.
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    2018 Vins Clairs: A Vintage Summary

    June 14, 2019

    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?
  3. Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Taittinger: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 7, 2019

    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.
  4. The Future According to Taittinger

    The Future According to Taittinger

    October 20, 2017

    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.
  5. Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    Taittinger: One Big Champagne Family

    March 30, 2017

    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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