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Tasting Event: Six Vintages of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Presenter: Philip Tuck MW
Tickets are limited to 24 and we highly recommend booking early.
Guests will have the opportunity to taste 6 vintages of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne from 1996 through to 2006, guided through the tasting by Philip Tuck MW.
Champagnes from Taittinger being tasted:
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1996
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1998
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1999
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006
All the grapes used in Comtes de Champagne are grown in the 100% rated Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs of Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Chouilly. Only made from Chardonnay and from vintages of exceptional quality, 5% of the wines have aged for 4 months in new oak barrels, a third of which are renewed every year. The 2006 vintage was a markedly hot year. Fortunately, after a cold and snowy winter, there was no damage in the vineyard and the spring levelled things out with steady, 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. The more we taste expressions of the 2006 vintage, the more we are coming to view it as one of the best; second only to 2002, it is surely one of the vintages of the decade.
Address: Frederick's, 106 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EG - 020 7359 2888
Just a two minute walk from Angel Underground station.
We recommend booking a table at Frederick's family-run restaurant for dinner afterwards.
Philip Tuck MW Wine Director at Hatch Mansfield Agencies. Having graduated from Sussex University, Philip started his wine trade career at Avery's of Bristol. After five years, his drive to become a Master of Wine led him to various winemaking jobs in countries such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, California and eventually Tuscany. He returned to help start up the "New" HMA in 1994. Other than his commercial responsibilities, Philip is also responsible for the staff's wine education. Philip passed the MW exam in October 1999 and currently sits on the MW Council. Hatch Mansfield is the agent for Taittinger in the UK.