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  • Country ranking ?

    474
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now - 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Sushi

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The Story

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is the finest expression of the world famous wine from one of the greatest Champagne Houses. First produced in 1952, Comtes is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from 5 Grand Cru sites in the Côte des Blancs. Showing a pristine pale yellow colour with very light, abundant bubbles which rise uniformly to form a fine mousse. The evocative bouquet opens with notes of pears and fresh cute white flowers. Left in the glass for a time, the nose develops a richness and density of pure character. Once on the palate, Comtes is lively, direct and precise with flavours of candied lemon zest and fresh pineapple. The balance is something to behold. This Champagne's marriage of finesse and aromatic intensity is a promise of further potential, but already offers very pleasurable drinking.

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 is composed exclusively of Chardonnay grown in the five villages of the Côte des Blancs, which are classified as Grands Crus: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger.

• 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) in 18 metres underground does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light. 

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Wine Information

This is considered as one of the great vintages of the century in Champagne. 1961 had enjoyed a perfect summer. The sun shone and the rain fell at just the right times. The Comtes de Champagne 1961 is full-bodied, mature and creamy with the aroma of chocolate and truffles. The smooth, buttery taste is punctuated by notes of peppermint and a concentrated and unique fruitiness.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Amber

ending

Long, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Mineral, Creamy, Nutty, Toasty and Caramel

nose

Intense and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Focused, Rich, Ripe and Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Compact, mature, and creamy, with chocolate and truffle aromas. Uniform buttery taste. An amazing Comtes with a wonderful mint tone and a concentrated, glycerol-rich fruit that is unreal. I've drunk the wine more than ten times since and only run into one bad bottle.

  • 97p
Fine-looking magnum. Decanted 15 minutes. Pale golden yellow colour with fine slow bubbles. Complex, oxidative aromas with mineral tones. Dry, crisp, ripe, and rich in style with nutty and dried fruit aromas. Creamy texture combines beautifully with its mineral finish. A true charmer with creamy richness.
  • 91p
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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