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Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

by Taittinger 2012 6L

99POINTS

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Producer : Taittinger

Region : Champagne (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 6000 ml

Food Pairing : Caviar, Rich Fish, Scallop, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"This is a fantastic and refined Blanc de Blancs. So layered and complex, with lemon curd, chalk, hazelnuts, pastries, baked apples and almond croissants. Structured and tightly wound, with almost imperceptible bubbles. Delicious salty notes at the end. Beautiful. Drink or hold.”

99 Points - James Suckling, August 2022

Specs

Bottles Per Case Single Bottles
Point Score 99
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 6000 ml
Producer Taittinger
Region Champagne (France), France (France)
Alcohol 12.5% alc./vol.
Style Sparkling
Vintage 2013
Farming Method Traditional
Grapes Chardonnay
Food Pairing Caviar, Rich Fish, Scallop, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Sparkling
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $4, 849.99

The Producer

Taittinger

Taittinger can trace its roots back to 1734 when it was originally called Forest-Fourneaux. Jacques Fourneaux, the founder, collaborated closely with local Benedictine monks to master the art of winemaking. This makes Taittinger the third oldest Champagne producer in history.

In 1932, the estate was acquired by the Taittinger family, who were wine merchants. Taking advantage of the Great Depression and the consequent low land prices, they also acquired extensive vineyards. From 1945 to 1960, Francois Taittinger developed the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise. Upon his passing in 1960, his brother Claude assumed leadership, elevating the estate to global fame as a Champagne house. The Taittinger label became so esteemed that the family expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this expansion eventually led to financial troubles.

In 2005, the Taittinger brand, including the Champagne house, was sold to the American-owned Starwood Hotel Group. This move was met with skepticism in the Champagne industry, with concerns that the new owners, unfamiliar with Champagne culture, would prioritize profits over quality.

Just one year later, Claude’s nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who had opposed the sale, negotiated a €660 million deal with the Starwood Group, allowing the Taittinger family to reclaim ownership of the company. Consequently, Taittinger stands out as one of the few remaining independently owned Champagne Houses.

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