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    1 479
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon and avocado blinis

The Story

The blend. Produced in the cellars of the former Saint-Nicaise abbey (13th century) in Reims, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs receives all the lavish care and attention it needs to reach its peak. Every bottle of Comtes de Champagne strictly adheres to all of the following to make it such a rare luxury and the connoisseurs choice :

• The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs cuvée is made entirely from Chardonnays from only the best vines in the prestigious Côte des Blancs.
• It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year.

• Only the wine from the first press – the Cuvée – is used: a sure guarantee of finesse. • 5% of the wines used to make it have been aged for 4 months in new oak barrels (a third of which are renewed every year), enhancing the intrinsic qualities and complexities of the final blend.

• Only after slow and patient ageing for almost 10 years in the Saint-Nicaise chalk pits (Crayères) does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light. 

 

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Vintage 1976

Consistently great but from time to time simply divine, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne has consecutively been an apt contender for the title of the best champagne on the market. All recent vintages have been successful; the intense 1996 being one of the finest of the vintage, the 1998 possessing classic Comtes elegance and the 1999 demonstrating a more softer side of Comtes. But in 2000 Taittinger and its reputed cellar master Loïc Dupont hit jackpot. This warm, overt vintage produced many heavy and overly ripe champagnes, but in Comtes the richness given by the year is bound to a velvet-smooth texture and a fine, fresh acidity that creates an exiting tension one wishes to marvel time and again.

 


Comtes de Champagne possesses a flawless track record all the way down to its inaugural vintage, 1952. It is reputed to be the first prestige cuvée blanc de blancs, if one does not count the then small mono-cru blanc de blancs Salon. Today it rivals for the title of the best blanc de blancs quite level-headedly with Dom Ruinart, Salon and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires.
Why blanc de blancs then? It was already Pierre Taittinger who believed in Chardonnay. Following his instinct, he created the light and elegant Chardonnay-dominant floral and perfumed style as Taittinger’s trademark. Consistent with this vision, the house’s prestige cuvée was to be a 100 percent Chardonnay whose emphasis is on Avize and Mesnil fruit.

 


The wine is produced in a reductionist style in stainless steel vats but since the 1989 vintage a fraction of the wine has been aged in fairly new oak barrels for four months. This gives a boost to the wine’s creamy texture and enhances its hallmark toasty qualities.
After bottling the wines are transported to the ancient Gallo-Roman chalk cellars of Saint-Niçaise to ferment and mature. The St-Niçaise abbey was destroyed in the French Revolution and much later the Taittingers bought the ruins and built their cellars into these monumental historical surroundings. Today, the underground cellar network at St-Niçaise is used entirely for maturing Comtes de Champagne. The rest of production takes place at the modern winery facilities at Rue de la Justice.
Great champagnes are traditionally named after people. Taittinger makes no exception having chosen to honour the region by naming their prestige cuvée Comtes de Champagne – Counts of Champagne. The origins of the Counts of Champagne lie in the 7th century feudal society. Originally, before the 11th century, the Counts of Troyes had had the ruling but during the time of Thibault II the power shifted to the Champagne County whose Count had his residence in Reims. Thibault II was a mighty man ranking only second to the king. However, it was especially during the times of Thibault IV Champagne flourished. He arranged famous 49-day festivities that brought prosperity to the region. The story of the Champagne Counts came to an end finally when the crown and the Champagne County were unites as Louis X rose to power. Taittinger, still owning the historical Comtes de Champagne residence today, named their prestige cuvée to honour this history.


Complex story but complex is the wine, too. The champagne’s smooth, layered character develops over 10 years’ ageing period in the cellars. This, the wine’s attractive 10 g/l dosage and sufficient post-disgorgement rest make Comtes de Champagne such an attractive champagne already upon release.
We toast to congratulate Taittinger. This house that has recently returned back to family hands, has quickly built a strong spirit with Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger at the helm supported by both of his children Clovis and Vitalie.

By Champagne magazine

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2010 2005 2000
1 180€ +26.6% 932€ +69.8% 549€ +160.2% 211€ +224.6% 65€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Long, Lingering and Smooth

flavors

Tar

nose

Intense and Fresh

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Complex, Good texture, Harmonious, Elegant, Jammy, Medium-Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Exotic and Full-bodied

Written Notes

This '76 was one of the Champagnes that sparked my obsession with the area and its wines. Never before have I tasted anything so exotic, fruity, and enjoyable. It still holds up very well, even if the character has changed a little. An enormous nose and taste of sweet lemons have now replaced the butteriness. These can be found in many mature Champagnes, but never as clearly as in the Comtes de Champagne '76. A classic milestone, and absolutely one of the ten Champagnes I would pick out for someone who doubts that Champagne can be really good and big. A champion in its class!

  • 99p
Länge min absolut bästa champagne. Har vid ett tillfälle varit en 99-poängare, millimetrar eller centilitrar … från 100!. Denna flaska kom dock inte riktigt upp till den himelska höjden. Jag har fortfarande nöjet & turen att få dricka denna legend vid minst ett tillfälle varje år. Jag kommer att gråta när det blir glesare mellan ögonblicken. Eftersom familjen Taittinger, men den envises dumhet, hävdar att Comtes alltid skall drickas ung är detta vin ett strålande exempel på hur stor en mogen Comtes kan bli. Exotisk fruktighet parad med en klingande renhet och elegans. Yppig atoner av mogna och söta citroner dyker upp som ettt fantastiskt komplement i finishen. Legendstatus!
  • 98p
not sure if everything was ok with this bottle. Good condition and level, small bubbles yet strange off-notes
  • 90p

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

This '76 was one of the Champagnes that sparked my obsession with the area and its wines. Never before have I tasted anything so exotic, fruity, and enjoyable. It still holds up very well, even if the character has changed a little. An enormous nose and taste of sweet lemons have now replaced the butteriness. These can be found in many mature Champagnes, but never as clearly as in the Comtes de Champagne '76. A classic milestone, and absolutely one of the ten Champagnes I would pick out for someone who doubts that Champagne can be really good and big. A champion in its class!

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"Länge min absolut bästa champagne. Har vid ett tillfälle varit en 99-poängare, millimetrar eller centilitrar … från 100!. Denna flaska kom dock inte riktigt upp till den himelska höjden. Jag har fortfarande nöjet & turen att få dricka denna legend vid minst ett tillfälle varje år. Jag kommer att gråta när det blir glesare mellan ögonblicken. Eftersom familjen Taittinger, men den envises dumhet, hävdar att Comtes alltid skall drickas ung är detta vin ett strålande exempel på hur stor en mogen Comtes kan bli. Exotisk fruktighet parad med en klingande renhet och elegans. Yppig atoner av mogna och söta citroner dyker upp som ettt fantastiskt komplement i finishen. Legendstatus!
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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"Denna 1976:a var en av de champagner som fick mig att bli besatt av Champagne och dess viner redan 1986. Aldrig tidigare hade jag smakat något så exotiskt, fruktigt och njutbart. Årgången står sig väldigt bra fortfarande även om karaktären ändrats en del. Smörigheten har nu ersatts av en enorm doft och smak av söta citroner. Den kan finnas i många mogna champagner men aldrig så tydligt som i 1976 Comtes de Champagne. En klassisk milstolpe och absolut en av de tio champagner jag skulle plocka ut till någon som tvivlar på att champagne kan vara riktigt stort och gott. Mästare i sin klass!"

2y 1m ago

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 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"Banaania"

2y 9m ago

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 Chef dalTony, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"not sure if everything was ok with this bottle. Good condition and level, small bubbles yet strange off-notes"

4y 9m ago

90p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"Comtes de Champagne 1995 was delightful!"

5y 11m ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Comtes de Champagne 1976  ( Taittinger )

"Millesimes Comtes event. Old comtes were a disappointment. :( But the young ones are AMAZING!!!!"

5y 11m ago

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