Offer | Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011

Comtes de Champagne is the jewel in Taittinger's crown and is, without doubt, one of the world’s greatest Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. We are proud to offer, directly from their immaculate cellars in Reims, the 2011 vintage. Goedhuis have the privilege of a longstanding and close relationship with the Taittinger family. It’s a partnership we are proud of and this new release is certainly something to be celebrated. As Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger always says: “Champagne is to be drunk in celebration of life, with good friends. It is a symbol of happiness.” 

2011 Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs - 6x75cl

  • Champagne_Sparkling
  • 2021 - 2040
  • Taittinger
  • 6x75cl
  • Champagne, Champagne
  • Available Now
Pricing
£610.00 In Bond £752.58 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, August 2021

    Although not widely written about, 2011 was a vintage that excelled for Comte’s five Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs. Many people picked too early, as they were scared that weather was too hot, but Taittinger decided to wait. They told us, “Those who picked early had green wines. Those that waited had wonderful results”. Very fresh and beautifully delicate on the nose, even in its youth this is so captivating. Hints of floral blossoms lead into gingerbread and almond pastry which give gorgeous depth to the youthful energetic nose. Echoing the nose, the palate shows a vibrant tension combined with a fresh generosity. White fruits, golden raisins, fresh biscuits, and hints of candied mandarin. The dense core is mineral driven, intermingled with some baking spice, citrus zest and a pleasing chalky structure. Its tense, energetic profile offers up charm and precision and as it unfurls it reveals a toasty, savoury richness, hints of iodine and coriander seeds. Creamy salted butter layers the palate and there is a seam of mouth-watering mineral salinity which imparts a bright refreshing finish. Long and very persistent, it is drinking beautifully now but certainly has the power and complexity to develop into a truly exciting wine.

  • Wine Advocate, October 2021, Score: 94

    After the tightly coiled, hyper-concentrated 2008, Taittinger's 2011 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne represents a more immediate, charming rendition of this cuvée. Bursting from the glass with aromas of orchard and stone fruit mingled with notions of pastry cream, blanched almonds and mandarin, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and fleshy, with a soft and enveloping profile, lively acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse. Readers might think of the 2011 as a somewhat less reductive and less intense stylistic sibling of the 2006, and as it takes on more toasty complexity with bottle age, it will make for immensely seductive drinking. Drink 2021 - 2035

  • James Suckling, August 2021, Score: 97

    A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic.

  • Decanter, September 2021, Score: 94

    100% Chardonnay sourced from five grand cru villages: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. Superb bouquet revealing scents of mirabelle plums, orchard fruits, brioche, pastry, and liquorice, complicated by classy autolytic notes. On the palate, this remarkable 2011 has a tauter and more fine-boned texture than usual, which is enhanced by bubbles of striking finesse and delicacy. This is indeed a very refined, chamber-music-like Comtes de Champagne that ends ethereally with airy harmonics and chalky notes infused with candied lemon. Dosage: 9g/L. Disgorged: April 2021. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040

  • Matthew Jukes, September 2021, Score: 19.5++

    This epic wine is set for release on Thursday this week, so this is a sneaky preview. I imagine that hordes of merchants will be scrabbling for stock, so you should be able to track it down with ease. Let’s cut to the chase. By contrast to the Bollinger, Comte is not a one-off, nor anything out of the ordinary. It is a label that all committed Champagne lovers adore. Predictable perhaps. But, of course, one thing does vary, and that is the vintage. The ‘worst’ Comte I ever tasted was rather lovely. The ‘best’, and there have been many (1959, 1966, 1996, 2002, 2006) are all sublime and you can now add 2011 to this list. Taittinger always seems to shun the spotlight, unlike Dom Perignon and other more attention-seeking brands and this modesty rather suits this House. I did something that I never do after first tasting my sample bottle. I was so shocked with the sheer class that I sealed the bottle with a simple Champagne stopper and then tasted it again and again over two days. The stress-testing sorts the wheat from the chaff. It is unlikely that anyone who bought a bottle would do this. Still, I like to see how a potentially great wine evolves, opens up, sometimes falls over, and sometimes blossoms over a few days because it gives me an indication of its potential and its true baseline of quality. The fruit is so tense, grand and layered it is remarkable. The flavour, the fizz, the length, the momentum and the overall halo of greatness did not change one iota over nearly 60 hours of being open with no preservation whatsoever. This is a genius, B de B and while it tastes scintillating now, I am confident that it will amaze Comte fans for decades to come. Drink 2021-2050

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