2004 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Rose Champagne

SKU #1058401 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Taittinger’s 2004 Brut Rose Comtes de Champagne is a delicate, perfumed wine. In 2004, the Rose shows quite a bit of Chardonnay character in its precise, chiseled fruit and long, minerally finish. After several hours the wine continued to dazzle with its crystalline purity and fabulous balance. This is a jewel of a wine from Taittinger. This is Lot L8357WA04300, disgorged November, 2008 (not indicated on label).  (12/ 2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid pink. Red berries, orange peel, cinnamon and fresh flowers on the high-pitched nose. Juicy, precise and very pure, offering intense, spice-accented red fruit flavors with hints of exotic spices and candied rose. Aeration brings out notes of cherry and rhubarb, which add depth and a bitter touch to the very long, juicy, fruit-dominated finish. Looks to be built for a graceful evolution but this Champagne is delicious now.  (10/ 2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A gloriously rich rosé that is full of ripe raspberries that burst in the mouth. It has a tight texture, balanced by a rounded feel. It is still young, of course, and the sweet finish needs time to integrate. Even so, relish the wine now, or wait 3-4 years.  (12/ 2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A rosé for food, with rich flavors of roast nut, black cherry, smoky mineral and ripe, juicy wild strawberry and black raspberry. There's a good backbone of acidity, with a light chewiness to the texture.  (12/ 2011)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/17/2013  | Send Email
This was one of the stand outs of our recent Champagne team meeting. The Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Brut Rose is a rare wine for us to have in stock, and we feel lucky to have a small allocation. The bouquet is full of round, rich Pinot fruit framed by subtle toast. In the mouth the wine has great structure and come across as sophisticated and dry. The best feature of this great 2004 is the finish, which is clean, long and has the rare "peacocks tail" swell to it. I can't wait to have it again!
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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/17/2013  | Send Email
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I tasted this elegant beauty of a bubbly last week and it was simply gorgeous. It is a blend of 30% chardonnay and 70% pinot noir composed of all Grand Cru fruit. It has a tast, currant nose with clean acidity and lemon zest. It starts out medium to full-bodied and finishes clean and linear. This was one of the most memorable wines that we had in a group of about 75 on that day. Kudos to Taittinger for this release! Worth every penny.

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