“A truly brilliant epic Champagne… simply breathtaking”
98 points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2008 is one of the most celebrated modern vintages of the region. This 100% Chardonnay, a firm favourite amongst Champagne afficionados, is arguably the greatest rendition of this extraordinary vintage.
The 2008 vintage is in fact one of the few in the last 20 years in which the harvest took place in October. Despite this "late" harvest, Taittinger’s Chef de Cave Alexandre Ponnavoy notes that the grapes retained a lot of acidity as well as concentration from what was an extended growing season. The Comtes 2008 carries this very contrasting climatology within it, between sun and freshness, as well as the distinct identity of the chalky terroir and the allure and precision you can get from the Côte des Blancs.”
Comtes de Champagne is sourced from all five Grand Cru villages situated on the Côte des Blancs – Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, with the main base of the cuvée coming from Taittinger’s house vineyard surrounding the Château de la Marquetterie just south of Epernay.
Comtes de Champagne remains the epitome of elegance when it comes to vintage Champagne. This elegance allied with the wine’s extraordinary ability to age, 2008 Comtes will provide years of drinking pleasure over the next two decades and beyond.
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”Taittinger’s 2008 Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is simply breathtaking. I have tasted it many times over the years in various trial disgorgements and it has never been anything less than compelling. The final, finished wine captures all of that potential. Bright, focused and wonderfully deep, Comtes is a fabulous example of a vintage that expresses so much energy but with real fruit intensity, the signatures that distinguish it from other vintages (1996 comes to mind) that were similarly taut, but more austere in the early going. Although the 2008 impresses right out of the gate, it only really starts to open up with several hours of air. The 2008 Comtes represents the purest essence of the Côtes des Blancs in a great, historic vintage. Readers who can find the 2008 should not hesitate, as it is a truly brilliant epic Champagne that no one who loves the very best in Champagne will want to be without.”
98 POINTS – ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS