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|Colour||Very pale yellow colour with fine, light bubbles.|
|Aroma||The nose initially presents a fresh, refined tangerine-like fruitiness. It then develops more mature notes of ripe fruit, raisin pastries and candied fruit.|
|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.|
|Growing Conditions||Overall, 2006 was a hot year. The harvests began on 7th September and were 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 to be able to select the best grapes. The Chardonnay produced rich, complex aromas of citrus and white fruit, and white flowers. A beautiful minerality gives them finesse and elegance.|
|Vinification/Maturation||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: The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs cuv‚e is made entirely from Chardonnays from only the best vines in the prestigious C“te des Blancs. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year. Only the wine from the first press ? the Cuv‚e ? is used: a sure guarantee of finesse. 5% of the wines used to make it have been aged for 4 months in new 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 Saint-Nicaise chalk pits (CrayŠres) does this cuv‚e of exceptional quality come out into the light.|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Peak Drinking||This champagne?s aromatic potential is just beginning to open up, suggesting a very good capacity to age for up to 10 years.|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Perfect for a truly special celebration, this Champagne would also go very well with a starter based on seafood, shellfish or fish.|
On the eve of its release, the 2006 brings back all the wonder of classic Comtes, the innocence of a joyful childhood, a free-as-air dash through endless blue daylight and a breathless plunge into an icy mountain rock pool. A wine of coiled energy, focus and precision, it leads with lemon, lime, grapefruit, crunchy apple and pear. Then it drops back a gear, with a fleeting suggestion of pineapple that hints at the volume of the ripe 2006 season, yet not for a moment volunteering any secondary development yet. Magnificent tones of gun flint and grilled toast reduction linger through a finish of great focus and stamina. Its textural presence is mouth-embracing, permeating every crevice, masterfully uniting very fine phenolic grip with delightfully fine, frothing salt minerality that bores to the very core of the finest chalkfields of the Côte des Blancs.
The Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs receives all the care and attention it needs to reach its peak. Every bottle is made entirely from Chardonnays from the best vines in the prestigious Cotes des Blancs. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality and deemed a vintage year. Even then, 5% of the wines are aged for 4 months in new oak barrels and only the wine from the first press is used. After a patient 10 years in the Saint-Nicaise chalk pits, this exceptional wine is finally released and is ready for a truly special celebration.
|Dimensions||19.5 x 37.5 x 26.5 cm|