Finest Example of the Taittinger House Style
In 2012, there was noticeable climatic variability. The winter frost transitioned into a relatively gentle spring, yet it was frequently interrupted by thunderstorms and hail, affecting the vineyard. The moderate summer weather allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly, resulting in a champagne vintage that was both abundant and harmoniously balanced, despite lower yields.
The full nose blends fruity fragrances such as Williams pears apricot, pastry and brioche aromas (lemon meringue, nougat, almond) with delicious notes of candied citrus fruit. When aerated, the bouquet reveals its power while preserving a refreshing minerality.
Ample and sustained by a suave acidity, the palate is precise, structured, lively and showcases a rare aromatic purity.
- 18pts Jancis Robinson
- 95+pts Robert Parker
- 95pts Decanter
- 100% Chardonnay
Cellaring: Now to 2050
Food Pairing: seafood, shellfish, fish-based starter, or cheese.
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 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).
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.