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NEW RELEASE : 2011 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs

September 2021

2011 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne,
Blanc de Blancs 

£535 per 6 bottle case in bond

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I am pleased to offer the new release of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, a wine that is widely considered a benchmark Blanc de Blancs in the region.
 
Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne is made from fruit sourced from old vines in Grand Cru villages including Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. Around 5% is aged in new oak barrels, lending a subtle toasty complexity to the Champagne. Built to age, the Comtes is typically aged for 8-10 years before release. The 2011 is being disgorged over the next seven months, having spent 10 years maturing in bottle.
 
Given that Taittinger opted not to produce a 2009 or 2010 vintage of Comtes de Champagne, 2011 may seem an unusual choice given the tricky conditions, particularly for a wine made only in the very best vintages, but clearly Taittinger see potential in the style of this vintage, which they compare to the impressive 2007.
 

Unfortunately, I am yet to taste this vintage but the wine has received several very positive reviews, which I have included below. Matthew Jukes was particularly effusive about the consistency of this great Blanc de Blancs in a multitude of vintages, as well as singing the praises of this highly unusual 2011.

£535 per 6 bottle case in bond
97 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic. September 2021 release. Drink or hold.


19.5++ points, Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com

This epic wine is set for release on Thursday this week, so this is a sneaky preview. I imagine that hordes of merchants will be scrabbling for stock, so you should be able to track it down with ease. Let’s cut to the chase. By contrast to the Bollinger, Comtes is not a one-off, nor anything out of the ordinary. It is a label that all committed Champagne lovers adore. Predictable perhaps. But, of course, one thing does vary, and that is the vintage. The ‘worst’ Comtes I ever tasted was rather lovely. The ‘best’, and there have been many (1959, 1966, 1996, 2002, 2006) are all sublime and you can now add 2011 to this list. Taittinger always seems to shun the spotlight, unlike Dom Perignon and other more attention-seeking brands and this modesty rather suits this House. I did something that I never do after first tasting my sample bottle. I was so shocked with the sheer class that I sealed the bottle with a simple Champagne stopper and then tasted it again and again over two days. The stress-testing sorts the wheat from the chaff. It is unlikely that anyone who bought a bottle would do this. Still, I like to see how a potentially great wine evolves, opens up, sometimes falls over, and sometimes blossoms over a few days because it gives me an indication of its potential and its true baseline of quality. The fruit is so tense, grand and layered it is remarkable. The flavour, the fizz, the length, the momentum and the overall halo of greatness did not change one iota over nearly 60 hours of being open with no preservation whatsoever. This is a genius, B de B and while it tastes scintillating now, I am confident that it will amaze Comtes fans for decades to come.
 
Please let us know of your interest.

All the best

Simon

 

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