Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007
Comtes de Champagne is the jewel in Taittinger's crown, it is without doubt one of the world’s greatest Blanc de Blancs champagnes, and was a favourite of the great Ian Fleming. It is crafted exclusively from five 'Grand Cru' Chardonnay vineyards in the prestigious Côte des Blancs; it is only ever produced in exceptional vintages and in tiny quantities. Only 35 vintages have been produced since the first cuvée in 1952.
The hallmarks of a great Comtes de Champagne are elegance, complexity and finesse, and the 2007 has these in abundance. The nose is beautifully delicate and very fresh. Notes of citrus, white blossom, golden raisins and fresh biscuits. The palate has a gorgeous vibrancy and youthful elegance; lots of tense energy. As it opens notes of lemons, citrus zest and velvety white peach intermingled with some biscuit spice and creamy salted butter layer your palate. There is a seam of mouth-watering mineral salinity which leaves a bright refreshing finish. In short, this is as exceptional as any top class Grand Cru white Burgundy.
The price of this exquisite champagne comes in at well below the price of its Blanc de Blancs rivals; Cristal 2007 is £700 per 6 bottles and Salon 2007 is £2,160 per 6 bottles. This, combined with stellar quality and knockout scores, the 2007 won Gold at the International Wine Challenge and James Suckling has given it an outstanding 98 points, has meant its popularity has rocketed.
Be sure to snap up a case of this exquisite release.
The nose is beautifully delicate and very fresh. Notes of citrus, white blossom, golden raisins, and fresh biscuits. The palate has a gorgeous vibrancy and youthful elegance; lots of tense energy. As it opens notes of lemons, citrus zest, velvety white peach intermingled with some biscuit spice and creamy salted butter layer your palate. There is a seam of mouth-watering mineral salinity which leaves a bright refreshing finish. In short, this is as exceptional as any top class Grand Cru white Burgundy.
Taittinger's prestigious Comtes de Champagne is composed entirely of Chardonnay grapes from the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger (Côte des Blancs). The citrus-golden colored 2007 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the fourth in a row after the 2004 vintage (which will be followed by 2008 whereas there will be no Comtes from 2009, 2010 and 2011) and opens with a nobly intense yet nuanced bouquet of ripe fruits, chalk, iodine and a touch of brioche. The wine indicates a coolish and precise character on the clear, flinty nose that develops lemon, pastry and floral notes. On the palate, this is Taittinger at its best: clear, fresh, lush and elegant, offering both sensuality and noble elegance. The 2007 reveals great finesse and is a perfect expression of both the Taittinger style and the Côte de Blancs. The wine (of which 5% has spent four months in oak barrels to give roundness and a touch of toast) is tightly woven, well concentrated and even juicy yet always clear, fresh, pure, fine and elegant. The finish is intense, clean, vivacious and complex, with good grip and lingering salty minerals that indicate good aging potential. Drink 2018-2030
This is a step up from the linear and fresh 2006. It shows subtle depth and power with a dense block of vivid fruit that’s highlighted with lemon zest, green apples and hints of white peaches. Just the right amount of praline and nuts on the nose. Fine and tight bead give the Champagne a luxurious mouthfeel. One for now or the cellar. Drink or hold.
The 2007 Comtes de Champagne will be nearly impossible to resist upon release. Soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and soft contours give the 2007 its alluring personality. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, chamomile and green pear add brightness and freshness throughout, with a persistent, clean finish that makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Today, the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002. Although the 2007 does not have the explosive energy or verticality of the profound 2006, it will drink better earlier. The 2007 has been positively brilliant on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. Drink 2018-2047