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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, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005 reveals the full ageing potential typical of the great Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs.
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.
In general, 2005 was warm and dry. After a winter which was hard but mostly dry, spring was characterised as being very mild with a few warm periods. The flowering period ran from 15th to 19th June. After a period of concentrated rainfall towards the end of June and beginning of July, the rest of July was dominated by hot weather, and August by cool weather.
Enjoy with grilled & Roasted White Meats, Fish/Shellfish.
The ultimate aperitif. A hedonistic match with fine caviar
100% Chardonnay. 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.
Ageing - minimum 5 years
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.
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 Chouilly.
It is only produced when the harvest is of exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year and only the wine from the first press - the Cuvée is used: a sure guarantee of finesse. 5% of the wines used in the blend are 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 many years in the Saint Nicaise chalk pits (Crayères) does this cuvée of exceptional quality come out into the light.