2011 - Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs
Colour
Champagne_Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2021 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
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2011 TAITTINGER COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS - 6x75cl

Colour
Champagne Sparkling
Producer
Taittinger
Region
Champagne
Grape
Chardonnay
Drinking
2021 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £752.58 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    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.

  • WA

    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

  • JS

    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.

  • DC

    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

  • MJ

    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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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, 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 is the 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.