2005 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Rose Champagne

SKU #1165521 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Inviting from first sniff to lasting finish, and hitting the expected marks at every stop along the way, this lovely effort is both light and lively with a surprising burst of cherryish fruit and complex in its toasty, yeasty, chalky, somewhat creamy aromas. Perfectly formed small, suitably insistent bubbles frame a bright, vital wine whose fine balance and energy carry its elegant flavors into a long, persistent finish. It may be dear in price, but it is a wine to choose for the best occasions.  (12/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright orange-pink. Smoky red berries and blood orange on the expressive nose, accented by spices and flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering intense raspberry, bitter cherry and orange pith flavors and notes of toasty lees and candied flowers. Shows excellent clarity on the seamless, spicy, impressively long finish. Twelve percent of the Pinot Noir in the blend was added as still wine.  (11/2013)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Delicate red fruit scents fill this clean, elegant rosé, its tart strawberry flavors lasting, harmonious, glowing with light fruit sweetness. With its freshness and refinement, this is a mouthwatering match for seared duck breast or roast squab.  (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Lightly toasty and creamy in texture, this graceful rosé offers a firm backbone of acidity and rich flavors of raspberry coulis, dried strawberry, mille-feuille and graphite. Drink now through 2022.  (3/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Taittinger 2005 Brut Rose Comtes de Champagne exhibits a delectable nose of fraise du bois, red raspberry and maraschino discreetly complemented by anise, vanilla, and Ceylon tea. Silken in feel and with exceptionally fine and at once stimulating and caressing mousse, this finishes with luscious abundance of juicy fresh red berries supported by appropriate sweetness, hints of fine, tea-like tannins, crunchy berry seeds, chalk and toasted almond serving for satisfying counterpoint. It should prove rewarding to follow for several years, but don’t miss out on its youthful pleasures! (DS)  (11/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Disgorged 2012? Mid orangey pink, a little darker than the Taittinger NV rosé. So inviting on the nose, great depth and a sense of greatness to come. Hard to explain how it sets up this expectation. Deep and a little yeasty. Power and refinement and excellent persistence with fine mousse. Really shines in this line up. So fresh and youthful.  (4/2013)

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