Taittinger Comtes De Champagne 2011 and 2008 Rose
The Taittinger Champagne House is releasing not one, but two "cuvées d’exception" champagnes: Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011 and Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2008.
Created in 1952 as a tribute to Thibaud IV and the Counts of Champagne, the champagne of the same name is the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style. Available as a Blanc de Blancs or Rosé, these champagnes defy the passing of time with their eternal freshness promising decades of cellar-ageing potential.
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011 Brut Grand Cru
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs has received 10 years of slow, gentle ageing resulting in a wine that offers a unique sensory experience, both in terms of appearance and taste. Crafted from 100% Chardonnay from 5 Côte des Blancs Grands Crus: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, the Comtes de Champagne 2011 also includes 5% wines that have been aged for 4 months in new oak barrels, adding a few toasty notes to the final blend.
Appearance: A lovely golden hue with straw yellow tones, golden tints, and an alluring string of delicate bubbles.
Nose: Mature and voluptuous. This wine is delightfully luscious with aromas of gingerbread and meringue, complemented by notes of white-fleshed fruit and subtle hints of almond, no doubt due to the time spent ageing in wood.
Palate: The mineral power of the Chardonnay reflects the chalky terroir of the Grands Crus, and comes through as iodine notes on the generous palate. With its hints of spice, including aniseed and coriander, this Blanc de Blancs wafts us off to foreign lands...
Comtes de Champagne 2011 can be enjoyed now or in many years’ time and will pair perfectly with seafood or fish. Best served at 11°C.
Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2008 Brut
The Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2008 is a blend of 30% Chardonnay and 70% Pinot Noir, exclusively from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims respectively. This blended rosé contains 12% red wine from Bouzy, which provides the tannic structure.
Appearance: Fine, creamy bubbles. This Rosé 2008 displays a salmon pink hue with coppery tints and a lovely shine.
Nose: Fresh and luscious with aromas of red fruit, stone fruit and pears, complemented by subtle minty notes.
Palate: The red Bouzy wines lend the champagne an excellent tannic structure, while the blend of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grands Crus creates a fine and precise entry to the palate, underpinned by a lovely acidity that adds freshness and length.
The Comtes de Champagne Rosé 2008 is the smart choice to serve with a meal: ideal with white meats or lobster, it will also pair well with some aged cheeses or tangy desserts such as a morello cherry tart.