Champagne Taittinger’s luxury cuvée, Comtes de Champagne is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, sourced from Grand Cru vineyards in the villages of Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Chouilly – all of which lie in the Côte des Blancs, south of Epernay where the chalky soils provide perfect conditions for top quality Chardonnay grapes.
Comtes de Champagne is only made in the best vintages and then only from the finest cuvée (first pressings). To add complexity a small proportion of the blend is aged in oak barrels (one third new) for 4 months. After completing their second fermentation the bottles then lie in Taittinger’s cellars for a decade allowing the yeasts within to perform a transformation – feeding the wine as they decompose, fixing its beautiful mousse, keeping the wine fresh and endowing it with delicate toasty, honeyed flavours.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 2000
£115.22 btl ex VAT
Fourteen years after harvest, this still tastes quite young, but it is drinking really well indeed, although it has plenty of potential to continue to improve in the cellar for another 5-10 years according to your personal preference.
The apotheosis of vinous elegance, this is a fine, lean, poised, minerally Champagne. The wine has a soft fine persistent mousse and crisp lemony acidity. The palate appears bone dry and is of medium weight with numerous subtle notes of cream, toast and honey from long yeast ageing. The finish is exceptionally long and very clean. With appropriate age this has consistently ranked among my favourite Champagnes.”
100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, dosage 9g/ltr
Tasting notes by David Allen MW Coe Vintners Fine Wine Manager
Also available from Coe Vintners Fine Wine:
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2000, £173.68 btl Ex VAT