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2008 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1501953

Price: $199.99

JS 99 RP 98 VN 98
WE 97 DC 94
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K&L Notes

This is just the 37th release of the Comtes, the first being the 1952. It is entirely grand cru, and only from the Côte de Blancs, made from a selection of the best lots from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil and Oger. Only the cuvée is used, the first most gentle pressing, and the wine is fermented almost entirely in stainless steel, with just 5% going into oak. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 10 years on the lees, and is only just now being released at 12 years old, enjoying a bit of time on the cork as well. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    11/12/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is full of extroverted toasted brioche and the bouquet is among the most generous that we have in stock. In the mouth, the chalky, concentrated power of the vintage comes out- this wine is packed with white flowers and pain au levain in the middle. The finish is as long as they come, and this is where the wine does its best trick, switching from powerful to elegant, from concentrated to refreshing, all while charming me with kaleidoscopic complexity that goes on and on. Looking back at my notes on the excellent and very well priced 2007 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne", I had compared that vintage to Puligny-Montrachet because of its limey drive. This 2008 reminds me of the graceful power of Chevalier-Montrachet- it has it all.
    Drink from 2020 to 2058
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    10/20/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This is truly a stunning bottle of bubbles! This 2008 Comtes De Champagne is from only the best parcels of the Cote de Blanc and aged at least 10 years on the lees. It is incredibly layered with stone fruit, minerality and citrus and is neither too heavy or light. After each sip, the wine showed more complexity and nuances that kept me going back for more. We've had many great 2008 Champagnes in the store, but this Taittinger is one of my favorites!
  • Cindy Westby
    By: Cindy Westby
    10/20/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    I have a strong "practical" streak...maybe even miserly? I reuse my clean aluminum foil, rinse out my zip-lock bags, save scraps for stock etc. So sometimes it's better when I get to try fancy champagne without knowing the price. Now that I've had this glorious bottle, I am indeed hooked. Generous in every way, without being at all heavy. And while I think you could easily put it down in your cellar - for once, here is a prestige cuvee that is firing on all cylinders and ready to be savored right now! A splurge, yes...but with all the money I've saved on aluminum foil, a bottle I will be buying again!
  • Jennifer Lee
    By: Jennifer Lee
    10/18/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Elegant. That's my first reaction to this fine bubbled champagne. The delightful notes of buttery, crisp, lemon citrus tantalizes my senses as I am completely blown away by this 2008 vintage, which is one of the best vintages in champagne. I especially enjoyed the brioche composition that holds all the flavors together -- which to my surprise included some savory characters too. It really DOES have it all and would be the perfect bottle for any special occasion, holiday celebration or gifting.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    10/15/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This special all-Chardonnay offering from Taittinger has a nose that swells with lemon, cream, stone fruit, and suede with a beautiful bead of minerality. The palate's character wonderfully manages to be zesty and creamy at the same time. Fruit flavors of cherry and apricot with a little butter make this very approachable and fun. Meanwhile, very fine bubbles create a rather elegant texture for soft sipping.
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    10/14/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne is the sheer perfection. It is so incredibly complex and multidimensional! Bright and powerful with deep concentrated flavor, it mellows down on the finish and gently sparkles on your palate for a very long time. It seems to be precisely balanced to the point that not a single aspect of it sticks out. The crisp acidity, light toasty and brioche notes in combination with mineral and citrus notes create Champagne that can rival any other higher priced cuvees. With the holiday season quickly approaching this should be a must gift for literally anybody.

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