Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2005 Blanc de Blancs


SILVER MEDAL, International Wine Challenge 2014

A truly wonderful wine from the start but slow to develop in the glass this time. As usual, Taittinger succeeds very well in warm, acid-weak vintages, when the neighbours’ wines often appear flat and simplistic. Despite the fact that the acidity is not particularly accentuated here either the vineyards; aromatic citrus fresh touch leaves a fresh, uplifting side to the creamy, fat smoothness. The finish is certainly chalky and elegant, but it raises to heavenly heights with a 1976-like butterscotch soft, warm, sweet flavoured embracing pillow – 19.25 points
Decanter, December 2014 Edition


On the nose the aromas are delicate and with a subtle nuances of wood, but there is great underlying depth. On the palate it offers a lively, clean but balanced first impression. It is fine and lean yet displays excellent length. Flavours of candied citrus fruits predominate, but there is a balanced touch of nuttiness.

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is only produced in exceptional years from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Fermented in tank, 5% of the blend is then matured in French oak barriques for four months only, and the entire blend undergoes full malolactic conversion. The wine is aged for a minimum of 5 years on its lees before disgorging.

This outstanding champagne was produced in the cellars of the thirteenth century Saint-Nicaise Abbey in Reims. The greatest care is taken at every stage of production. "Comtes de Champagne" is only produced when all the conditions, essential to its unique style, are met, the harvest must be of exceptional quality and worthy of vintage champagne. It is made exclusively from white Chardonnay grapes from the most renowned vineyards of the Côte des Blancs. Only wines from the first pressing (La Cuvée) are used. This guarantees the wine's finesse. 5% of the wines used in the blend are aged in new oak barrels (one third of which are replaced every year), thus enhancing the intrinsic qualities of the final blend.

This makes the finest aperitif before any meal. It accompanies a selection of delicate canapés, in particular caviar as well as light seafood dishes such as lobster and Dover sole.

12% abv

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2005 Blanc de Blancs
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