2006 Taittinger 'Comtes de Champagne', Champagne, France
The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the finest example of the Taittinger House style and is always a vintage cuvée. It is made with 100% white grapes from the 5 villages with a Grands Crus classification for the Chardonnay grape (Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger).
This cuvée is created using juice from the first press only. A small percentage (5 %) of the blend is aged in fresh oak barrels to create the very delicate balance of toasted notes in the final wine. Taittinger knows it must be patient with these great Chardonnays, which are the crowning glory of its terroir; the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs remains for up to 10 years in the chalk quarries beneath Saint-Nicaise, before emerging to ignite and delight the palates of wine-lovers.
The year 2006 was predominantly warm. The Chardonnays display rich and complex aromas of white and citrus fruit, together with white flowers, as well as a lovely minerality which gives them their elegance and sophistication. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 is a champagne which is both mature and delicate, with great aromatic promise, suggesting an interesting cellaring quality. The colour is very pale yellow. The nose develops into a fresh, delicate mandarin-style fruitiness. This is followed by the maturity of ripe fruit and sweet pastries, raisins and candied fruit. The taste is very vibrant and sophisticated at the same time. The mid-palate is smooth, full-bodied and rich with the flavour of grapefruit. The finish is very delicate and long-lasting with a hint of spice, reminiscent of a stick of liquorice.