This is the new release of Taittinger’s prestige cuvée, Comtes de Champagne. Its from Grand Cru sites on the Côte des Blancs, and it’s a really impressive wine, showing real concentration and focus.
Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs 2011 France
12.5% alcohol. Lovely aromatics of delicate citrus fruit with some white peach and melon richness, as well as subtle bread and toast. The palate is really powerful, with a lovely toasty undercurrent providing some bass notes and a massive treble flourish from the keen acidity and powerful citrus fruits. There’s some richness here from the dosage, which plumps up the mid-palate and extends the length, and then a really nice lemony acid line. Great concentration, but it retains delicacy and finesse. I think this should age really well in bottle, and there’s hidden power here under all the attractive sweet fruit and autolytic toastiness. A superb wine, and a great example of Comtes. 97/100 (released in the UK on 16 September 2021, retail £142)
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