2006 Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Colour
Champagne & Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne, Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2016-2028
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now
2006 Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Colour
Champagne & Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne, Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2016-2028
Case Size
6x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£459.49 (Ex. VAT)

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(10+ in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Goedhuis, March 2017

This cuvée is only made in exceptional vintages. It is made up of exclusively grand cru fruit from the Côte des Blancs, and matured for 8-10 years before release. Loïc Dupont, Taittinger's cellar master, says the 2006 has been a wonderful surprise, showing profound character and excellent finesse. Antonio Galloni declared it “nothing short of magnificent” when he gave it 97+ points. A nose of toast and salty iodine notes indicate gentle evolution. A very fine mousse introduces the palate of citrus fruit, honeysuckle, and hazelnuts. This is exquisitely layered, rich and balanced. There is poise in the vein of chalky minerality running through its centre. It is a stunning Champagne, weightless on entry, with power and complexity persisting right to the lingering finish.

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Producer

Taittinger

One of the most recognised Champagne Houses in the world, Taittinger was originally founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux. It was not until 1931 that its connections to the Taittinger family were established with it was purchased by founder, Pierre Taittinger. The hallmark of the Taittinger blend is the high percentage of Chardonnay which adds a natural elegance and creaminess to the wines. Today, it remains owned and managed by the Taittinger family - a rarity in the region for a producer of this size - and is run by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.

Region

Champagne, Champagne

Champagne, the world's greatest sparkling wine, needs little introduction - with imitations produced in virtually every country capable of growing grapes, including such unlikely candidates as India and China. The Champagne region, to the north of Paris, has the most northerly vineyards in France, with vines grown on slopes with a southerly exposure to maximise sunlight. The soil is chalky, providing an excellent balance of drainage and water retention. The key to the wine is in the cellar - the bubbles result from a second fermentation in the bottle and the rich toasty flavours in great Champagne come from extended bottle ageing on the yeasty lees. Until the eighteenth century, the wines produced in the Champagne area were light acidic white wines, with no hint of sparkle. However glass and closure technology developed at that time and it was not long before Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautvilliers, started experimenting with blends and produced the first recognisable champagne. In a world accustomed to still wines, the advent of champagne was almost a flop. It was saved when it became fashionable at the French court as a result of Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour commenting "Champagne isthe only wine that lets a woman remain beautiful after she has drunk it." And the rest is history, with famous (or infamous) champagne lovers including Casanova, Dumas, Wagner, Winston Churchill, James Bond and Coco Chanel.

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