August 19, 2020
A Sneak Peek at the 99-Point Blanc de Blanc of the Benchmark 2008 Vintage! Plus the Overachieving 2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne which is “The Single Best Value in Tête de Cuvée Champagne.” Best Pricing - 48 Hours Only.
“The 2008s are racy, energetic and tense, in the style of cool years like 1996, but with more fruit depth and less austerity. At the top end, the finest 2008 Champagnes are viscerally thrilling, chiseled wines that will soon be recognized as modern-day icons.” — Antonio Galloni
“The finest Comtes de Champagne since the brilliant 2002, this is a terrific vintage for this dependably age-worthy cuvée, and though it's already impressive…” — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
You heard us preach the extraordinary words on 2008 Champagne just the other week with the under the radar Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé. Before that, and ad nauseum, we shared Antonio Galloni’s thoughts on Cristal: “…although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking." Prior to that were John Gilman’s words on Dom, "The 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon is an absolute classic in the making and this is destined to be one of the great recent years for this iconic cuvée.”
Well, there is one iconic tête de cuvée that many collectors' eyes are anxiously gravitating to, and that is “the crown jewel of Champagne,” the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs*. We are now adding the strong words of William Kelley on this prized champagne and historic vintage in the making; the “Comtes is one of the most reliably age-worthy wines in Champagne, yet it continues to represent terrific value when compared to—frequently inferior—tête de cuvée bottlings from other Grandes Marques. And the eagerly anticipated 2008 vintage, previewed during this tasting with chef des caves Alexandre Ponnavoy, will be worthy of enthusiastic pursuit when it is released.” No doubt this can be attributed to the rise in quality at Taittinger – along with their land holdings. While most Grandes Marque Champagne houses only own about 10% of their land, Taittinger owns over 752 acres of vineyards and is able to control the quality more directly.
We are now pleased to present a sneak peek at the 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne with special pricing on our limited ten case allocation. However, our offer does not end with the new release, we are including the overachieving effort from 2007. It is a bottling where the iconic label justifies its reputation as “the single best value in tête de cuvée Champagne” - at $137.99 we could not agree more, especially when considering other tête de cuvée(s) of the Grand Marques command $200+. The wines arrive in October and we recommend you secure an allocation with this special pricing.
Featured Wine(s): The Eagerly Awaited Tête de Cuvée from Taittinger and More...
As indicated above, there is more good news to report, and that is a final allocation of the 2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs has been released to us. The wine has outperformed its previous year’s stellar performance with critics posting and calling it, “One of my favorites... just tasted 2007 and it is better than 2006... subtle depth and power... fine and tight beads give the Champagne a luxurious mouthfeel.” And with these glowing comments, this is one of the most well-received releases in history for the majestic house of Taittinger. The recent release now boasts the highest rating of all the Blanc de Blancs of the vintage and is sure to impress. In fact, with the near perfect reviews – the wine matches the release of the cult-like Selosse Champagne Lieu Dit Les Mesnil-Su-Oger-Les-Carelles, as the wine of the vintage. Regardless of reviews, the wine’s consistency and reliability cannot be denied. As we have written over the past ten years, what remains a mystery to us, and many in the trade, is how this wine continues to remain under the radar and fairly-priced despite its consistent praise!
The tête de cuvée is produced only in exceptional years and is intended as the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style, and the Comtes de Champagne is composed entirely of Chardonnay grapes grown in the top vineyards of the prestigious Côte des Blancs. Prior to disgorgement, the Blanc de Blancs is aged for ten years on the lees in the fabled 13th century chalk cellars that were once the property of Saint Nicaise Abbey. A small proportion (5%) of the blend spends three to four months in new oak barrels, enhancing the intrinsic qualities of the final blend.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
“The 2008 Champagnes that have been released so far capture all the potential I sensed when I first tasted the young vins clairs right after harvest. The 2008s are racy, energetic and tense, in the style of cool years like 1996, but with more fruit depth and less austerity. At the top end, the finest 2008 Champagnes are viscerally thrilling, chiseled wines that will soon be recognized as modern-day icons. Temperatures were never too hot during the summer and ripening was gradual. Two thousand eight is a year with high acidity, approaching 10% in some cases, and also high potential natural alcohol (because of the improved weather in September), a combination that yielded vibrant, crystalline Champagnes. Of course wine is much more complex than numbers alone, but the first 2008s I have tasted point to an exceptional, and perhaps even legendary, vintage.” - Antonio Galloni
2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
99 Points, James Suckling: "A slightly more luxurious nature to the 2008 than the great 2007. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. One for the cellar. Release in 2020. Drink or hold." 07/19
98 Points, William Kelley, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This bottle of Taittinger's eagerly anticipated 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne had been disgorged in July 2018, and the wine is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with a vivid bouquet of citrus oil, green apple, warm brioche, crushed chalk and blanched almonds. On the palate, it's full-bodied and searingly intense, with striking concentration and incisive but perfectly integrated acids, displaying a fine mousse, and remaining quintessentially elegant despite its undeniable power and persistence. The finest Comtes de Champagne since the brilliant 2002, this is a terrific vintage for this dependably age-worthy cuvée, and though it's already impressive, the wine is built for the long haul: conserved in a cold cellar, the 2008 will still be in fine form three decades from now." 08/19
2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
98 Points, 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. Drink or hold.”
97 Points, Greg Sherwood, Master of Wine: “A fantastic young Champagne with a colourful personality. Chalky aromatics bristle out the glass, interwoven with dusty limestone minerality, lemon and lime cordial and yellow grapefruit notes. Sublime balance, harmony and creamy textural elegance, this really is such a sympathetic wine with delicious mouth-watering acidity and vibrancy. The wine oozes breeding and regal heritage but without any pretentious airs or graces, delivering palate depth, structure and a focused creamy mousse with delectable notes of lemon biscuits, buttered white toast, lemon bon bons, hazelnuts and a wonderful zesty white peach pastille complexity. A luminous bright citric core, refined palate breadth and a creamy sour dough and buttered brioche finish. So, so lovely. A worthy successor to the block buster 2005 and 2006. Drink now or cellar for 15+ years.”
Antonio Galloni appropriately adds the following comment on this house and iconic wine, “savvy consumers know better and Comtes de Champagnes is one of the most profound wines readers will come across.” We agree, and recommend buying what you can, as pricing will increase.
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