The most absolute expression of the style of the House, the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is always a vintage cuvee. Made from 100% Chardonnay from the finest crus of the prestigious Cote des Blancs (Anzie, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Mensil-sur-Oger). This cuvee is made only with juice from the first pressing. A small proportion of the blend (5%) is aged in new oak casks, which lends nuance to the harmony of its delicated toasted notes. With these great Chardonnay from its lands, Taittinger knows to be patient; the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs waits in the chalk mines of Saint-Nicaise for 10 years before seeing the light of days and overjoying the palates of consumers.
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It’s fascinating to taste the 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne after the 2002, something I have been able to do on a few occasions. The 2004 is all about minerality, precision and tension. It doesn’t have the sheer richness or power of the 2002, but it makes up for that with its crystalline purity and sheer energy. Bright hints of lemon oil, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into the pointed, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.
This is a fabulous set of new releases from Taittinger. The 2002 Comtes de Champagne is easily one of the very best young Champagnes I have ever tasted. Over the next year or so, Taittinger plans to list more information about their NV wines on the back labels, something that is a huge positive for the consumer.
Rating 96 - Drink: 2014 - 2034 Antonio Galloni eRobertParker.com (NOV/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Despite its unremarkable weather conditions, 2004 was an exuberant vintage. Although the winter was cold, there was no extended period of intense low temperatures. Spring was very pleasant with little rainfall. Blossoming was very steady, beginning in mid-June amidst relatively cool temperatures. A mild and seldom sunny, summer was dry until mid-August when a much needed period of rain arrived. The return of the sun and warmth at the beginning of September
then helped the fruit ripen. The harvest, which started with the Chardonnays on 20 September, proved to be one of the most abundant in the history of the Champagne region. The grapes were very healthy and of excellent quality. The Chardonnays were of remarkable quality: balanced, complex, long, fresh and invigorating. The Pinots Noirs were elegant and well structured.
A pale yellow Champagne with very light, abundant bubbles which rise steadily to form a fine mousse.
The pure bouquet opens with a contrast between an already well-developed intensity and a finesse that reveals aromas of pears, greengages and white flowers. After a little time the intensity presents the aromatic richness and maturity of a wine that is already expressing great potential.
On the palate, a lively, direct, precise attack is dominated by flavours of candied lemon zest and fresh pineapple. The mid palate is fresh and balanced. The overall impression is of generosity, voluptuousness and volume, highlighted by characteristic grapefruit and citrus notes.
The zesty finish is long, lingering and complex.
This Champagne’s marriage of finesse and aromatic intensity is a promise of further potential, but already offers very pleasurable drinking.
Perfect for a truly special celebration, this Champagne would also go very well with a starter based on seafood, shellfish or fish.