Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 75cl Gift Boxed

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Country France
Champagne Type Blanc de Blancs
Region Champagne
Brand Taittinger
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2006
Maturity Great ageing potential
Style Full bodied, Dry and Rich
Food Match Great with White meat and Shellfish and the ultimate aperitif. A hedonistic match with fine caviar.

100% Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes from the finest vineyards and only produced in great vintages; the handcrafted Comtes de Champagne is the pinnacle of Taitinger's range, offering finesse, elegance and layers of complexity.

Very pale yellow colour. Fine, light bubbles, rise steadily to form a delicate ring of foam. The nose initially presents a fresh, refined tangerine-like fruitiness. It then develops more mature notes of ripe fruit, raisin pastries and candied fruit. On the palate, the attack is both smooth and very lively. The mid-palate is supple, full-bodied and rich, with flavours of grapefruit. The finish is still very long and refined with a hint of spice, reminiscent of liquorice sticks. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 offers maturity and finesse. This champagne's aromatic potential is just beginning to open up, suggesting a very good capacity to age.

Produced in the cellars of the former Saint-Nicaise abbey (13th century) in Reims, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs receives all the lavish care and attention it needs to reach its peak. Every bottle of Comtes de Champagne strictly adheres to all of the following to make it such a rare luxury and the connoisseur’s choice: Only the wine from the first press - the Cuvée - is used: a sure guarantee of finesse. 5% of the wines used to make it have been aged for 4 months in oak barrels (a third of which are renewed every year), enhancing the intrinsic qualities and complexities of the final blend.Only after slow and patient ageing for 8 to 10 years in the UNESCO Saint-Nicaise chalk pits (Crayères) does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light.

Taittinger’s origins date back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today's company acquired the House. Pierre had spent much time in the Champagne region when serving in the 1st world war as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property and its vineyards and eventually purchased the company. Today, the Reims based House is family owned still, headed up by Pierre's grandson, Pierre-Emmanual Taittinger and his son, Clovis and daughter Vitalie.

Taittinger's home is situated above miles of chalk tunnels and cellars in Reims. These 4th century UNESCO listed cellars once belonged to the Benedictine monks of the abbey of St Nicaise and are perfect for the slow ageing process required for great Champagne.

The hallmark of the Taittinger Champagnes is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking which can be anything from 40% in the Brut Réserve Non Vintage to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. This Chardonnay dominance provides for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse which is recognised worldwide and has earned the House many accolades and awards over the years. The flagship wines of the house are the Comtes de Champagne (100% Chardonnay) and Comtes de Champagne Rosé (100% Pinot Noir) - both frequently used at French State dinners.

Today, Taittinger is served in over 140 countries worldwide and made recent history by becoming the first Champagne house to purchase land in England to ultimately produce a premium English Sparkling Wine. This pioneering joint venture, Domaine Evremond marks an exciting new time for the family and Hatch Mansfield its partner.

Country Of Origin: France

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