The house's crown jewel is produced from the finest Grand Cru parcels in the Côte des Blancs. This rich, elegant and complex champagne has a sumptuous, fresh yet powerful texture. More info
Comtes de Champagne Taittinger serve at a temperature of 11°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Saint-Jacques à la fondue de poireaux, Etuvée de homard aux asperges, Bar en croûte de sel.
What the experts say...
Taittinger's 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is being released this year, and it will be worth a special effort to track down. I wrote in August 2019 that this is the finest Comtes de Champagne since the brilliant 2002, and this tasting confirmed that. Offering up a deep and complex bouquet of citrus oil, crisp orchard fruit, warm brioche, crushed chalk, blanched almonds and smoke, it's full-bodied and incisive, with excellent concentration, racy acids and a long, searingly chalky finish. While this is already immensely impressive out of the gates, this 2008 is clearly built for the long haul, and three decades' longevity won't be a challenge. The Wine Advocate (William Kelley), 17/09/2020
As a tribute to Thibault IV, King of Navarre and last Count 5Comte, in French) of Champagne (the reign of St. Louis) that the house Taittinger created this exceptional cuvée in 1952. Developed in the cellars of the former Abbey of Saint-Nicaise in Reims (thirteenth century), the cuvée "Comtes de Champagne" benefits from a series of attentive care and is produced only when the following conditions, particular to its specificity, are met: when the harvest is of exceptional quality and worthy of vintage. It is made exclusively from white Chardonnay grapes, from the most famous vineyards of the Côte des Blancs. Only the first pressed wine is used, guaranteeing absolute finesse. 5% of the wines used in its composition have been aged in oak barrels (renewed by thirds every year), which enhances the intrinsic qualities of the final blend. It displays a pale gold colour. The fine bouquet is delicately floral and lemony. This Champagne exudes scents of fresh hazelnut, interlaced with notes of brioche. The Comtes de Champagne is an elegant and complex wine that reveals after a few years a tremendous richness.
The origins of Taittinger champagnes can be traced back to the wine merchant Jacques Fourneaux who established a company in 1734. This business moved premises to the House of the Counts of Champagne in the 19th century and was taken over by the Taittinger family in 1931 who then gave the company its name. In 1932, Pierre Taittinger's champagne house decided to give prominence to the Chardonnay grape. Between 1945 and 1960, Pierre Taittinger's son, François, managed the company with his two brothers, Jean and Claude. When François was killed in an accident, the company passed to Claude who remained at the helm from 1960 to 2005. In 2005, the house was sold to an American pension fund but was bought back the following year by the North Eastern division of the Crédit Agricole bank in partnership with Claude's nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger who has run the company ever since. The historic champagne house owns kilometres of Gallo-Roman crayères or chalk tunnels and almost 300 hectares of exceptional vineyards, planted to 40% with Chardonnay. The grapes are vinified in vats and undergo full malolactic fermentation. This historic champagne house is a benchmark in the region, especially for fans of Chardonnay.
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