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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

Champagne, FranceOne of the top wines of the year, again, and still, and same (current) vintage we've been tasting since 2013 - though I've seen the 2007 released in the UK... What a treat to track the evolution of the '06 Comtes, one of my favourite in recent history. Pristine and stunningly so, this graceful wine is showing quite a bit of power in this bottle, with chalky potency, grippy sides, energy and drive. Lovely lemony note and uncharacteristic energy in my bottle, disgorged in late 2017. Comtes is only produced in exceptional years, and spends a minimum of eight years on lees (this bottle was ten). The 2006 was sourced from Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil, and Le Mesnil sur Oger, though more than half came from Avize and Le Mesnil. Five percent of the Chouilly spent time in 225 Burgundy barrels for added emphasis. This bottle was less gossamer and more intense than normal, though all 2016 will make for brilliant cellaring wines. Iconic.Tasted: 15 October 2018Tasted by: Prices: AB 245.00 private wine shops QC 459.25 1500 SAQ NS 200.00 BC 256.00 BCLS Producer: Champagne TaittingerDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 269126UPC: 003016570001412