Offers | Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

Comtes de Champagne is the jewel in Taittinger’s crown, released only in the best years. Comtes is made with Chardonnay grapes from premium plots within the five Grands Crus villages of the Côtes des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, and aged for the best part of a decade in the Saint-Nicaise crayères.

It is not only highly collectable but is one of the most enjoyable prestige cuvée Champagnes to drink at any age, gorgeous in its youth but with the potential to age beautifully well over decades. Older vintages from the 1970s and 1980s command hundreds of pounds per bottle and are highly sought after in both auction and luxury shops.

There is a strong argument for buying prestige cuvee Champagne as an investment. See our Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Case Study for more information.

Despite Taittinger’s unswerving commitment to quality and the abundant praise this has garnered from critics over the years, Comtes de Champagne’s release price remains determinedly reasonable, particularly in comparison to other prestige cuvées. As Antonio Galloni commented on the 2006 release: “Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tete de cuvée Champagne.”

Loïc Dupont, Taittinger's cellar master, says the 2006 has been a wonderful surprise, showing profound character and excellent finesse. Antonio Galloni gave it 97+ points and declared “The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it... I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.”

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.

2006 - Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Colour
Champagne_Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne, Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2016 - 2028
Case size
6x75cl
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2006 TAITTINGER COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS - 6x75cl

Colour
Champagne_Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2016 - 2028
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £570.00 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    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.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, July 2015,
    Score: 97+

    Two thousand six is destined to go down as an important year in the modern-day history of Taittinger. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger succeeded in buying the winery from the Starwood Hotel Group and bringing it under family control once again. He also made two fabulous tête de cuvées. The 2006 Comtes de Champagne in particular is going to make a very strong case for inclusion in any conversation about the all-time great vintages of Comtes. The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. Drink 2016 - 2046

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, March 2016,
    Score: 94

    Based on first pressing Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, the 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs opens with a precise, fresh and concentrated bouquet of ripe fruits on the nose. On the palate this is a less rich and opulent 2006, but its complexity, intensity and tension in combination with the linear freshness, purity and serious expression in the long and mineral finish, make this a top wine of the vintage. Drink 2016-2021

  • JS

    James Suckling, January 2018,
    Score: 96

    This is settling into a deeper presence. It has a freshness that really appeals, along with Taittinger's signature toasty layer of autolysis, grilled nuts and praline. Plenty of flesh and weight on the palate. Acidity clasps ripe peach and mango fruits, finishing long, powerful and fine. Drink now.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2013,
    Score: 19

    Disgorged April 2013 for this tasting. Very lively bead indeed. Very sumptuous nose seems eerily close to fine white Côte d'Or burgundy. Still tight and very glamorous. Really classy and explosive. Hugely promising. There is delicacy and charm here.

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Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

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