Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004
This exquisite Champagne combines subtlety and finesse with gorgeously rich elements and a kaleidoscope of complexities. Apple, pear, citrus, custard, toasted brioche and light sulphide characters weave their way through a creamy, layered palate of profound depth and endless finish. It transcends Champagne and could be compared with the world’s great white wines like Montrachet - it’s that good.
Top Wine Profile
The ultimate Blanc de Blancs? Taittinger’s prestige cuvée celebrates chardonnay as few others do. The first Comtes de Champagne was the 1952 vintage, and in the subsequent 62 years, 30 of the best vintages have provided material of the standard required. The secret of Comtes de Champagne’s quality begins in top Grand Cru vineyards, and continues through meticulous winemaking and eight to 10 years’ maturity in Taittinger’s ancient chalk cellars of Saint-Nicaise. Such things aren’t cheap. “The technical standards we choose to uphold in order to make an exceptional wine are almost unique in Champagne and are financially very demanding,” says Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. This great wine’s price tag is certainly high, but thankfully the Taittinger approach is endorsed by the house’s other wines, and two of them, Prelude Grands Crus NV and Folies de la Marquetterie, also received five stars in this tasting.