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Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut Grand Cru 2011 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut Grand Cru 2011

96 Point Taittinger Rose Champagne!



Flavor Profile: Pink roses, blood orange zest, chervil,shortbread biscuits, pink grapefruits, salt-cured lemons, red cherries, strawberries, salted watermelon, and tart red plums.
Time on Lees: 144 Months
Dosage: 9 g/L
Score: 96

Why We Love It...

Taittinger’s beloved Comtes de Champagne is one of the most illustrious bottlings in Champagne’s prestigious history – but this rosé is even rarer! This exceptional cuvee – made only in the best of vintages – is the rarest in Taittinger’s entire portfolio. Double 96 points on a rosé Champagne is almost unheard of – and this stands as one of the greatest rosés we’ve ever featured!

It was 1932 when a young cavalry officer named Pierre Taittinger fell head over heels in love with Champagne – in no small part because of the delectable wines produced there. He purchased the historic Château de la Marquetterie and developed a Champagne business with the help of his brother-in-law, Paul Eveque. Step by step, generation by generation, the Taittinger family has created one of the greatest houses of Champagne. For a brief moment, the estate was sold in 2005 to U.S.-based hotel group Starmont – which was followed (somewhat predictably) by a near revolution in France, that would eventually require the French government to intervene. The result was that remaining branches of the Taittinger family were brought together to resume familial control over the estate – and a country-wide pandemonium was narrowly averted. The house has thrived once again under the Taittinger family’s leadership, and the quality of these great wines has only increased over the past decade-plus. 

This cuvée, which is always a single vintage, is made from all Grand Cru parcels, with 30% chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and 70% pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims region. The color stems from an addition of 15% of still red wine, which joins up the base bubbly during disgorgement after a full 144 months spent aging on the lees. The dosage is right in the middle of Brut at 9 grams per liter, which makes this pop with a luxuriously fruity and rich character.

The wine pours a vivid salmon, immediate sensations of pink roses, blood orange zest, and chervil –  a developing note of crumbly shortbread biscuits. In the mouth, a persistent and powerful attack brings with it myriad citrus flavors – from more blood orange to pink grapefruits and salt-cured lemons. Red cherries and strawberries, plus salted watermelon and tart red plums, take shape over a few swirls in the glass, with a strong mineral component that winds through a long, pervasive finish. At over 12 years since harvest, this is a youthful wine that showcases a maturity that is sure to last for another decade at least. Tremendous stuff, and although it is splurgy – this is that rare top-end rosé Champagne that is absolutely worthy of the price! 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Cote des Blancs
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Alexander Ponnavoy
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Hot smoked salmon on a NY bagel

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 Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut Grand Cru 2011




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