Highlights: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008

The long-awaited 2008 version of Taittinger’s prestige cuvée, Comtes de Champagne, has been released. I drank a bottle of it (well, I shared it with a couple of others), and here’s my impression.

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grands Crus Blanc de Blancs 2008 France
12.5% alcohol. This is the long-awaited 2008 vintage of this, one of the top prestige cuvées in Champagne. It’s a really lovely wine, with almost perfect balance and harmony. There’s a core of lemony fruit, with a precise, linear character, which is complemented by some bready, slightly toasty richness. As well as the lemon, there’s some candied citrus fruit, and also a touch of apricot and nectarine richness, adding a fruity flourish. And in the mix also, we have a hint of vanilla and white pepper. There’s definitely some richness here, making the wine accessible, and also a hint of sweetness, but the linear citrus fruit core is really lovely. The recent releases of Comtes have all been lovely, but this is even better. Superb. 96/100

Here’s a short film of me tasting this wine:

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