2006 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1234534

$124.99

DC 97 VN 97 WE 95
BH 94 RP 94 WS 94
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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    9/15/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Our final appointment of this year’s summit was with Taittinger, and the 2006 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne was the perfect bottle to perk up tired mouths. I found the limey, Puligny-like drive of this Champagne compelling and refreshing, and was happy to see this vintage living up to the legend of the Comtes de Champagne. This all Cote de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne is sourced from primarily estate vineyards in Avize, Chouilly, Oger and Mesnil. It is 95% fermented in stainless, but sees 5% small oak to add richness. The combination of toast from 8 years on the lees and lime zest from the top Chardonnay make for an exotic, yet elegant beauty of a Champagne.
    Drink from 2016 to 2046
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    5/18/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    It was fun to taste this Blanc de Blancs in a lineup with other all-Chardonnay Champagne to experience the richer, creamier expression of the grape. Soft, ripe stone fruit matched with notes of toast and chalk. Despite this showing the richer side of Chardonnay there is still acid present giving this wine length and finish and hinting at how well this wine will age.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    3/14/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This quite rich new release from Taittinger is a very worthy follow up to the 2005. It has a lovely white stone fruit character with lightly toasted nuttiness and subdued apple flavors. Creamy and floral, with a nice bit of citrus fruit on the finish.
  • Randy Hagerman
    By: Randy Hagerman
    3/14/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Aromas of spiced pear, lemon curd, and toast waft from the glass. On the palate, this is a round and creamy champagne expressing notes of baked stone fruit, citrus, chalk, and biscuit. The lengthy, mineral finish alone is worth the price of admission. Drink now or hold.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    3/11/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Aromas of yellow apples, caramelized pears and toast are very expressive immediately after popping the bottle. The palate shows more white nectarine and peach with bright acidity, soft moussey bubbles and a long, rich finish of baked apples.
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    3/11/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Peach on the nose plus toasty oak with a caramel nuttiness tempered by minerality and a lovely shock of acidity. Chalky soil is evident here but there's a deep richness on the palate that powers through the lingering finish. "Comtes de Champagne" is an investment that will not only impress but with the Taittinger name and 2006 vintage, but keep everyone happy in the glass - both now and with age.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    3/11/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2006 vintage of Taittinger's flagship "Comtes de Champagne" is a fabulous wine coming from a top-notch vintage. It has all the rich, creamy character that has come to define this bottling, showing ripe, white peach, raw honey, hazelnut, and buttercream on the nose. But this vintage yielded quite a lot of mineral flavor across the region, helping to provide focus among some of the more decadent flavors. Chalky minerals and laser-like acidity incorporate to give the impression of a gravity-defying tight-rope walk between acid and fruit, mineral and oak, complexity and purity. The length is surprising with its lingering notes of fig and apricot, providing an extremely pleasurable finish. Excellent.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    3/11/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the true pleasures of our profession is the opportunity to taste extraordinary wines. Today afforded us just that. The 2006 Comtes de Champagne from Taittinger arrived and we were smitten. It offers an impressive combination of richness and freshness along with certain longevity. A mélange of captivating green apple and citrus aromas and a sumptuous and seamless palate make this wonderful today yet are only hints of its underlying complexity. Definitely one of the best value tete de cuvees made that is certain to reward with refinement.

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