Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011
The Taittinger Comtes de Champagne vintages are the quintessential House style. Some vintages, be they Blanc de Blancs or sometimes - in exceptional years - Rosé, become classics and join the legendary status of the top wines from the Champagne region. With this champagne, the mission has been truly accomplished, as it not only excites the palate with a range of exquisite sensations, but also touches the very depths of the soul and leaves its mark on a person...
The 2011 vintage was very different, marked by early ripening and a spring drought. This forced the root network to delve deep in the earth in search of the water it needed for proper growth and resulted in a voluptuous Comtes de Champagne, etched with truth.
On the eye: A stream of delicate, persistent bubbles characteristic of Chardonnay runs through its sparkling golden robe with glints of green.
On the nose: a true expression of the chalky soil from which it originates, gives it that very airy feeling and delicate tautness. At once focused, complex and restrained, the nose carries us away on aromas of pear, lime, white pepper and orange blossom, cleverly combined with hints of licorice and slightly toasted notes.
On the palate: The attack is vibrant, with great aromatic sophistication leading us to a persistent minerality and tautness. This is followed by a sensation of complex yet mellow freshness, creating the perfect balance between maturity and a full-rounded flavor. The finish offers a fine balance between sophistication and concentration: aromas of white fruits, grapefruit and mint combine in a delicately honeyed finish.
Perfect for a special celebration, this champagne is the ideal match for a seafood, shellfish or fish entrée
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Assembled from the 5 villages with a Grands Crus classification for the Chardonnay grape (Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger)
Aging: Up to 10 years in the chalk quarries beneath Saint-Nicaise