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Library Release. Price £250.00.
The pale golden yellow colour is illuminated by almost fluorescent green highlights. The bead, particularly fine and abundant, rises steadily to form a light ring of bubbles.
The very fresh nose opens on contrasting intense yet subtle grilled, toasty notes. These are followed by aromas of candied citrus peel, lemon and vanilla tart, roasted almonds and finally a floral hint of dried flowers and lime blossom. The initial impression on the palate is expressive and powerful, dominated by the vivacious citrus fruit, especially ripe lemon. Mid palate the flavour is more delicate, with flavours of caramelised grapefruit.
The lengthy rich finish reveals sweet liquorice notes. A perfect marriage of delicacy and intensity with freshness and harmony.
The ultimate celebratory toast and a perfect match to grilled & roasted white meats and fish/shellfish.
Grape Variety - 100% Chardonnay
Residual Sugar - 9.00 g/l
All the grapes used in the Comtes de Champagne are grown in the 100% rated Grand Cru rated vineyards in the Côte des Blancs of Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger and Chouilly.
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, and is only created if all of the following conditions are present, to make it such a rare luxury:
1. The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs cuvée is made entirely from Chardonnays from only the best vines on in the prestigious Côte des Blancs including Avize, Mesnil-sur-oger and Crament.
2. It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year.
3. Only the wine from the first press - the Cuvée- is used: a sure guarantee of finesse.
4. 5% of the wines used to make it have aged for 4 months in new oak barrels (a third of which are renewed every year), enhancing the intrinsic qualities of the final blend.
Only after slow and patient ageing for a minimum of 5 years in the Saint-Nicaise chalk pits (Crayères) does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light.
2002 was marked by low rainfall and a relatively mild winter. The summer was a succession of hot, sunny days. Shortly before harvest, the rain arrived but soon disappeared, giving way to sunshine once more. Unusually for Champagne, instead of growing after the rain, the bunches of grapes lost weight through lack of water. The harvest overall was considered great by many producers and lasted from the middle of September through to the end with the conclusion from all being that 2002 was indeed a good vintage.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is produced in the cellars of the thirteenth century Saint-Nicaise abbey in Reims. The greatest care is taken at every stage of production and it is produced only when all conditions essential to its unique style are met. It is made exclusively Chardonnay grapes from the most renowned Crus of the prestigious Côte de Blancs. The harvest must be of exceptional quality and worthy of a Vintage Champagne. Only wines from the first press (La Cuvée) are used. This guarantees the wine's finesse. 5% of the wines used in the blend are aged in new oak barrels (one third of which are replaced every year) thus enhancing the intrinsic qualities of the final blend.