Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011
Get to know: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011
The finest example of the Maison Taittinger style, the Comtes de Champagne has delicious notes of gingerbread, liquorice and meringue. It delivers aromas of delicate white fruit: peach, mandarin peel subtly blended with light touches of almond pastry.
A wine of great mineral power, dense and rich. The generous palate is built upon a fine structure, giving it charm and precision. The wine takes you on a journey through aromas of candied fruit and sweet spices like aniseed and coriander.
Enjoy this with lobster tails.
"This is an exquisite champagne with thrilling flavours on a complex but delicately balanced palate. The quality of the fruit and the extra time spent maturing really creates something special. A stunning choice for a celebration."
In 1952, the Taittinger Champagne House created the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs - its most exclusive and premium cuvée - in honour of the Comtes de Champagne and in particular Thibaud IV, whose seal proudly adorns every bottle of Taittinger.
It is made only with Chardonnay grapes from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region, including the villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, which all have a renowned soil quality for this particular variety in the region.
This cuvée is created using juice from the first press only. A small percentage (5 %) of the blend is aged in fresh oak barrels to create the very delicate balance of toasted notes in the final wine. Taittinger knows it must be patient with these great Chardonnays, which are the crowning glory of its terroir; the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs remains for up to 10 years in the chalk quarries beneath Saint-Nicaise, before emerging to ignite and delight the palates of wine-lovers.
The 2011 vintage was very different, marked by early ripening and a spring drought. This forced the root network to delve deep in the earth in search of the water it needed for proper growth and resulted in a voluptuous Comtes de Champagne.