2006 Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” Brut Blanc de Blancs

 

 2006 Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” Brut Blanc de Blancs 

2006 Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” Brut Blanc de Blancs 

 2006 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs

97 Points Decanter

The 2006 brings back all the wonder of classic Comtes: the innocence of a joyful childhood, a free-as-air dash through endless blue daylight and a breathless plunge into an icy mountain rock pool. A wine of coiled energy, focus, precision and minerality that bores to the very core of the finest chalkfields of the Côte des Blancs.

97 Points Vinous

The 2006  Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly.

The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Tasted almost two years after disgorgement, the 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs shows a beautiful golden-citrus color and opens with a fascinating intense, floral, slightly reductive nose that develops enormously in the glass, offering lemon and lemon confit aromas along with flinty notes of crushed chalk and the iodine flavors of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an utterly complex and promising bouquet!

The palate is terribly fresh but also rich, lush and intense. With the purity of the finest wines of the Côte de Blancs. The concentration of perfectly ripe Chardonnay and the suppleness of 2006. This has impeccable balance paired with high tension. The wine is very tight and still seems to be on its way right now. Although there is a first hint of aromatic ripeness, this should be a great Comtes de Champagne in a couple of years. The finish is tensioned, concentrated and mineral but keeps its talents in an almost bursting bubble. Disgorged September 2016

95 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

Taittinger’s prestige cuvée epitomizes the Chardonnay predilection of this producer. This now-mature bottling is elegant and very stylish. Toast and a soft texture combine with great complexity to reveal a wine that is poised and ready to drink.

94 Points Wine Spectator

A vivacious Champagne. With fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead. Rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish.

92 Points Connoisseurs Guide

Very rich and toasty with suggestions of soy and roasted Meyer lemons. Making the early going and supported nicely by chalky and yeasty notes. This wine is fairly expressive and holds little back in its pursuit of a bolder style for Blanc de Blancs. Its mousse is full, foamy and somewhat pushy and is very much in keeping with the direction of the wine. Yet the underlying flavor profile claims both richness and expected austerity. Those who seek a lighter version might look elsewhere, but there is plenty here for everyone else.  

 

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