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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 1.5L

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Champagne Taittinger Overview
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.

Loïc Dupont, head winemaker at Taittinger commented: "I think the recently released 2006 vintage is possibly the closest stylistic comparison to emerge since the 2002."

Weather: 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.

News Article: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006 placed second in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvée vs Vintage blind tasting with Jancis Robinson MW in October 2017. Read the full write-up here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8-10 years on the lees
Disgorged: March 2015
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: 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!
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Sep 2017
“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,,
Sep 2017
“Magnum. Disgorged 2013.
More depth on the palate than the 2005. And it tastes drier and firmer. Very long.
Drink 2019-2032”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Dec 2018
“Tasted blind. Pale greenish straw. Rather neutral nose. Again, quite a bit of sweetness on the front palate. Seems just a little dull on the mid palate. Respectable rather than exciting. Tight and quite toasty. Just a bit too sweet.
Drink 2017-2023”
Essi Avellan MW,,
Jan 2017
“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.”
Jan 2017
“Aromas of baked apples and notes toasted hazelnuts on the nose. This is a rounded a supple style of Blanc de blancs with gentle fruit flavours and a crisp, elegant finish.”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Jul 2016
“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%”
Alison Napjus,,
Oct 2015
“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.”
James Suckling,,
Jul 2015
“Very fresh expression of pure chardonnay finished with Taittinger's signature toasty layer of autolysis, caramelized grilled nuts, brulée and a wealth of bright, fresh, pure lemon cirrus fruits. The palate has a superfine thread of acidity buried under peach and nectarine fruits. Long, even, focused and powerful, it finishes long and fine.”
Antonio Galloni,,
Jul 2015
“The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.”
Andrew Jefford,,
Mar 2016
“Pale summer-gold in colour, with sweet, cream-puff scents which seem to float like tissue paper carried on a breeze. Foam-textured and fine-grained on the palate with rounded, soft acidity (more lemon cream than lemon juice) and a sappy, planty freshness too. The graceful, fine-brushed finish almost suggests seeds and gentle spice. Almost all steel-schooled, of course – yet that seasoning pinch of new oak perhaps accounts for some of the insinuating charm here. ”
Jancis Robinson MW,,
Nov 2013
“Disgorged April 2013 for this tasting. Very lively bead indeed. Very sumptuous nose seems eerily close to fine white Côte d'Or burgundy. Still tight and very glamorous. Really classy and explosive. Hugely promising. There is delicacy and charm here.”
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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