Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blancs de Blancs 2012 Vintage

£153.00 / bottle

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Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is the flagship wine of this historic Champagne house. It is the finest example of the Taittinger House style and is always a vintage cuvée. It is made with 100% white grapes from the 5 villages with a Grands Crus classification for the Chardonnay grape (Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger).

Champagne Taittinger can trace its origins back to the original house founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux. However its links to the Taittinger family started in 1931 when it was purchased by the founder of today’s company; Pierre Taittinger. Today it remains owned and managed by the Taittinger family and is headed up by Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger. Pierre Emmanuel’s son, Clovis Taittinger and daughter, Vitalie Taittinger both work in the business making it very much a family affair. The Taittinger headquarters are in Reims, situated above magnificent 4th Century Roman cellars which at one time belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise. Its miles of tunnels and cellars are perfect for the slow but necessary ageing process involved in making this great Champagne.

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is only produced when all the conditions, essential to its unique style, are met: the harvest must be of exceptional quality and worthy of vintage champagne and it is made exclusively from 100% Chardonnay grapes from the most renowned vineyards of the Côte des Blancs. Only wines from the first pressing (La Cuvée) are used. This guarantees the wine’s finesse. 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. Minimum ageing of 8 years. Following disgorgement, a “dosage” of 9g per litre creates a dry style wine.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful golden shimmer through colours of straw yellow and reflections of gold and a fine, delicate mousse that creamy and captivating. The nose is mature, voluptuous and yet fresh and bright. It exhales delicious notes of gingerbread, liquorice and meringue with delicate white fruit, mandarin peel and subtle touch of almond pastry. There is also great mineral power: dense and rich with the Chardonnay flexing its iodine character.

Food Pairing

Perfect for a special celebration, this champagne is the ideal match for a seafood, shellfish or fish entrée.

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