Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011
Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut is made exclusively with Chardonnay sourced from the 5 Grands Crus villages on the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. This unique terroir is a strip of land measuring barely 20km and contains thousand-year-old chalk on its surface, creating a real oasis of water and warmth. Being the most perfect expression of the Taittinger House style, a bottle of Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is rare. Until its peak, it is subject to a great deal of care and attention and the rigorous criteria governing its production means that it cannot be created in large volumes. 5% of the wines which help to create the Comtes de Champagne are matured for 4 months in oak barrels (one-third of which are renewed each year) to boost the intrinsic qualities of the final blend and provide a hint of toasted flavour. The celebrated bottles only see daylight after a long and drawn-out maturing period 18 metres underground lasting 8 to 10 years. A beautiful golden shimmer through colours of straw yellow and reflections of gold and a fine, delicate mousse that creamy and captivating. The nose is mature, voluptuous and yet fresh and bright. It exhales delicious notes of gingerbread, liquorice and meringue with delicate white fruit, mandarin peel and subtle touch of almond pastry. There is also great mineral power: dense and rich with the Chardonnay flexing its iodine character.