Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, 2007
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Overview of the Wine
Taittinger is one of just five Champagne houses to cellar its wines in the famous ‘Crayeres’ of Reims – chalk caves originally dug by the Romans. The house owns four kilometres of Crayeres, nowadays used to age their prestige cuvees. Taittinger’s history can be traced back to 1734, when it was originally known as Forest-Fourneaux, founded by Jacques Fourneaux who worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. As such, the house is the third oldest Champagne producer in history.
The estate was bought by the Taittingers – a family of wine merchants – in 1932, and thanks to the great depression and subsequent low land prices, the family also picked up huge swathes of vineyard. From 1945-1960, Francois Taittinger established the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and after his death in 1960 his brother Claude took over, pushing the estate into a Champagne house of world renown. Such was the status of the label that the Taittinger family soon expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this eventually led to financial difficulties, and in 2005 the Taittinger brand – including the Champagne house – was sold to the American owned Starwood Hotel Group. The sale was badly received by the Champagne industry, with many fearing the new owners – unfamiliar with the culture of Champagne – would put profit ahead of quality.
Just one year later, Claude’s nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who had always been opposed to the sale, negotiated a €660m deal with the Starwood Group, and the Taittinger family resumed ownership of the company. Taittinger is therefore one of the few remaining independently owned Champagne Houses.
Grape / Blend Chardonnay
Origin Champagne, France
Winemaker's Tasting Notes This great 2007 vintage lives up to all expectations as soon asyou open the bottle. It is a moment to treasure. That typicalChardonnay color is there in all its sparkling, golden glorywith shimmers of green coating the constant stream of fine,delicate bubbles. It has a fine and delicate nose which combineswhite blossom and a certain minerality with general overtonesof Anjou light pear and golden raisins. Subtle hints of aniseedand smoky flavors follow this suggestion of fruit. The tasteis vibrant, with a combination of lemon and saltiness. This isimmediately followed by a sensation of complex, yet mellowfreshness creating the perfect balance between ripeness anda full-rounded flavor. It is rounded off by a long-lasting, crispfinish with hints of salted butter. This elegant wine lives up to itsreputation with its freshness, strength, minerality and mellowfruitiness. Its freshness encapsulates a certain moment in timeand promises interesting cellaring potential.
98 - Tasting Panel
A stunningly beautiful wine with seductive aromas and precise, refined flavors; bright, crisp, and exceptionally long, it shows purity and finesse.
98 - James Suckling
This is a step up from the linear and fresh 2006. It shows subtle depth and power with a dense block of vivid fruit that's highlighted with lemon zest, green apples and hints of white peaches. Just the right amount of praline and nuts on the nose. Fine and tight bead give the Champagne a luxurious mouthfeel. One for now or the cellar.
97 - Wine Enthusiast
Always one of the great Champagnes, this comes from a year that is generally regarded as good but not great. And yet, with this Champagne is magnificent. The wine has some good bottle age, hinting at toast while also keeping the tight, mineral edge of a great wine from the Côte des Blancs. Drink from 2020.
95 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne continues to show very well, and it hasn't evolved appreciably since I last tasted it a few months ago. Revealing a pretty bouquet of lemon oil, lily pollen, dried white flowers, blanched almonds and crushed chalk, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and tensile, with excellent depth at the core, racy acids and a pure, precise and notably chalky finish. Tight-knit without being austere, it's a very classically balanced middleweight Comtes that has a long future ahead of it.
94 - Wine & Spirits
An intriguing 2007, this is 100 percent chardonnay from grand cru sites in the Côte des Blancs, a small portion aged in oak barrels, the blend then aged ten years on the lees. Over that time, it developed mature tones of bottle age that add to its vibrant freshness. It’s a grand wine with floral notes of beeswax and nutty tones of yeast autolysis.
Product size: 375ml
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