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Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne 2002 vintage is the best performing Champagne so far this year, according to Liv-ex.

The vintage has risen 46.2% from December 2015 to September of this year and now sits at £1,901 per case of 12, representing an appreciation of 116% over the four years since its release in 2012.

 

The 2000 vintage from the same estate has risen 36.6% over the same period, while Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses 2004 and 2002 have risen 35.5% and 30.9% respectively, and 2000 Dom Perignon 28.5%.

The Champagne sub-index on the Fine Wine 1000 rose 3.1% in September – higher than the overall index which went up 1.3% - while the index has climbed 5.6% since may with an average monthly share of trade of 4.4% by value.

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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 6 Grand Cru sites in the Cité de 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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Only 60 000 bottles were made.

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.



"We will never produce a large quantity of Comtes de Champagne because the technical characteristics we require so that this cuvee can be a very great wine are essentially unique in Champagne and very financially demanding. A triumphant blend of force and elegance, the Comtes de Champagne displays an eternal youth that it derives from the greatest Chardonnays of our province. Connoisseurs will appreciate it."

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger
President of Champagne Taittinger

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41 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Clear

ending

Long, Smooth and Flavorful

flavors

Toasty, Citrus, Coffee and Honey

nose

Complex, Refined, Fresh and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Complex, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Harmonious, Full and Dry

Verdict

Excellent and Transparent

Written Notes

If I had to choose just one Blanc de Blancs Champagne to lay down on a regular basis, this would be it. It’s hard to believe the wine is 10 years’ old, given its freshness and perky acidity. Floral, understated, citrus and brioche aromas sashay into a pure, focused, beautifully defined palate showing flavours of citrus, fresh bread and lighty grilled nuts. The finish on the wine goes on for a minute. Great now, but tuck some away if you can keep your hands off it.  

  • 97p

As the haze cleared the slightly fuller colour of the second flute (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002) became more apparent, my earlier acknowledgment that these were from the same vintage now seriously in question.  The nose also expressed more maturity, more enticing and richer. Dave, RB and Mike immediately picked it out as a favourite. The palate was also impressive with a real vinous quality to the mid-palate, very fine and layered. The finish quite extraordinary as if to underline its dominance here, more grip and length. I should have spotted as did Dek to my right that this was a buttery Chardonnay, but it was anything but singular and pure as infant B de B’s often are. In fact it was slightly more evolved than I would have expected this great wine to be at this stage. 94/100. It is probable that the reductive character of the DP was hiding an equally fine potential, time will tell.

  • 94p

First pressings only. 5% matured in new French oak. 100% malolactic, 10 years on lees. Fine, restrained toast and citrus nose. Complex, powerful palate with ripe fruits, nuts and citrus, as well as some herbiness. Fine structure and good acidity. Very attractive toastiness here, accompanying the ripe citrus and white peach fruit. Hints of vanilla. A lovely wine. 94/100

  • 94p

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2002 (Magnum) Very similar to the bottle but, for me, more complete and everso slightly more development and complexity. This seems more developed but also seems to have the balance and structure to keep, but there is a lovely nutty brioche character here.  Very fine. 19

  • 96p
Denna flaska kom från Livets Goda-redaktionen. Första pressningen enbart. 5% lagrades i ny fransk ek. 100% malolaktisk jäsning, 10 år på bottensatsen. Första gången jag priovade denna var innan en försommarlunch i trädgården bakom La Marquetterie med utsikt över vingårdarna i Pierry. Den var galet stum som helt nydegorgerad. Numer kommer den dock i glaset och är packad med frukt för framtiden (juni’10). Bara tre månader senare kunde man redan se storheten och känna koncentrationen. Denna årgång har man bara gjort 35 000 flaskor, vilket är 100 000 flaskor färre än normalt så det kommer att bli slagsmål om den täta limedoftande muskelknutten när den vaknar upp ur sin törnrosa sömn. Rostade tonen har lagt sig till förmån för en sagolikt fin kanderad lime-ton. Syran bär vinet hele vägen på ett otroligt snyggt sätt. Jag förstår att de 600 flaskorna som släpptes på systembolaget 6 december’12 gick åt som smör.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

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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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