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.
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