GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Very pale yellow colour. Fine, light bubbles, rise steadily to form a delicate ring of foam. The nose initially presents a fresh, refined tangerine-like fruitiness. It then develops more mature notes of ripe fruit, raisin pastries and candied fruit. On the palate, the attack is both smooth and very lively. The mid-palate is supple, full-bodied and rich, with flavours of grapefruit. The finish is still very long and refined with a hint of spice, reminiscent of liquorice sticks. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006 offers maturity and finesse. This champagne's aromatic potential is just beginning to open up, suggesting a very good capacity to age.
VINEYARDS: The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs cuvée is made entirely from Chardonnays from only the best vines in the prestigious Côte des Blancs. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year.
VINTAGE: Overall, 2006 was a hot year. After a very dry autumn, the winter was cold and snowy, but fortunately there was no damage in the vineyard. The spring brought steady, mild weather, and ended with the vines flowering between 12 and 18 June. The summer was very variable, with exceptionally hot periods punctuated by numerous storms in July, followed by cooler temperatures and overcast skies in August, while September saw renewed heat and the start of a dry spell. This did not have a negative effect on the volume of the harvest. The harvest began on 7 September and was relatively spread out, in order to take into account the unevenness in the ripening. Rain arrived at the end of the harvest, but yields were high enough for us to be able to select the best grapes.
WINEMAKING: Produced in the cellars of the former Saint-Nicaise abbey (13th century) in Reims, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs receives all the lavish care and attention it needs to reach its peak. Every bottle of Comtes de Champagne strictly adheres to all of the following to make it such a rare luxury and the connoisseurs choice: Only the wine from the first press - the Cuvée - is used: a sure guarantee of finesse. 5% of the wines used to make it have been aged for 4 months in oak barrels (a third of which are renewed every year), enhancing the intrinsic qualities and complexities of the final blend.Only after slow and patient ageing for 8 to 10 years in the UNESCO Saint-Nicaise chalk pits (Crayères) does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light.
TASTING NOTES: The definitive Blanc de Blancs Champagne, made solely in great years from Grand Cru Chardonnay from 100% rated vineyards in Avize, Cramant, Chouilly Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger in the Côte des Blancs. 5% of the blend is aged in new French oak barrels bringing a subtle weight and toastiness to the wine. Supremely elegant this classic wine with its super fine bubbles has the distinctive Taittinger style of delicacy and lightness together with a beguiling minerality, great complexity and a never ending finish. Sublime.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.