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Champagne Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Brut Grand Cru 2012 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Brut Grand Cru 2012

99 Point Taittinger Comtes de Champagne!



Flavor Profile: Granny Smith apples, bread dough, sweet grass, lemon zest, navel oranges, tangerines, spice poached pears, nutmeg, croissants, smoked hay, crumbled chalk, struck flint, and green peppercorns
Time on Lees: 120 months
Dosage: 9 g/L
Score: 99

Why We Love It...

I mean… it’s Comtes! One of the most sought-after, celebrity bottlings in all of Champagne’s glorious history – Taittinger’s beloved Comtes de Champagne is just one of those bottles that every bubbly lover has to experience at least once (and ideally, far more frequently)! This 2012 bottling is just about perfect in every conceivable Champagne way… as evidenced by that 99 point score! Sure, it’s a bit splurgy – but hey, it’s our birthday! Surely you have a special occasion upcoming that calls for a unicorn like this to make an appearance?

Taittinger’s signature style of opulent richness, mineral depth, and taut precision is fully evident here… this is simply unreal. Beginnings of tart Granny Smith apples, then rising bread dough, and freshly shorn sweet grass – the aromas and perfume here is so pure and pristine, like an alpine stream. Things get truly expansive in the mouth, with fresh lemon zest, navel oranges, tangerines, spice poached pears, with accents of nutmeg, croissants straight from the ovens, all culminating in a finish that reveals elements of smoked hay, crumbled chalk, struck flint, fragrant green peppercorns. The wine stays on the tongue for minutes after each sip, and lingers in the brain for far, far longer. A triumph, without question, and worthy of the lofty Comtes’ reputation.

"I'll take Taittinger blanc de blancs….. It is not well known, but it is the best champagne in the world" – James Bond, Casino Royale 1957

Sure, Bond is best known in the movies for his martinis, but in the books, his tastes are far more varied, and his fondness for Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is legendary. This 100% chardonnay is crafted exclusively from the 5 Grand Crus of the Cote de Blancs – Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, and Mesnil-sur-Oger. A sparse 5% is fermented in new oak, giving the hint of toastiness that is always present, yet never dominates the final product. Aged in the family’s chalk quarries of Saint-Nicaise, where the only sound is the muffled steps of the riddlers carrying about their turning, this remarkable 2012 spent a whopping 10 years aging on the lees, and finished with a Brut dosage of 9 g/liter.

This 2012 is a brand new release, and one that hasn’t even made it yet to the house’s own website! We scoured all of our best Champagne sources to get access to this, and hey, you only turn 1 just the once, so we opted to blow it all out in style today! It’s a special occasion wine, to be certain, but ready to drink now (or cellar for another decade plus, your call)! Thanks for being a part of our celebration – what with Fizz Fest yesterday, and now Comtes today… we just don’t want to ever stop! Champagne gods willing, we won’t, so here’s to another great year of all things bubbles under the sun and stars!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Cote de Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Alexander Ponnavoy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Living your best life…

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Brut Grand Cru 2012




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