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2006 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1234534 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. (AG) 97+ Inner quote mark (7/2015)

96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2006 vintage of Taittinger’s iconic Comtes de Champagne bottling is a beautifully refined example of the vintage, offering up a pure and vibrant bouquet of apple, pear, brioche, complex, chalky soil tones, hazelnut, a touch of orange zest, white flowers and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and supremely elegant in profile, with outstanding mid-palate intensity, utterly refined mousse, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very long, nascently complex finish. Whereas many examples from the 2006 vintage are drinking very well at age ten, it is still very early days for this outstanding Comtes de Champagne and this wine will not peak for at least another decade, though it is already very, very easy to drink! I would be inclined to let it hibernate in the cellar for at least another five years, just to allow its secondary layers of complexity to start to emerge. (Drink between 2021-2060) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is settling into a deeper presence. It has a freshness that really appeals, along with Taittinger's signature toasty layer of autolysis, grilled nuts and praline. Plenty of flesh and weight on the palate. Acidity clasps ripe peach and mango fruits, finishing long, powerful and fine. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted almost two years after disgorgement, the 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs shows a beautiful golden-citrus color and opens with a fascinating intense, floral, slightly reductive nose that develops enormously in the glass, offering lemon and lemon confit aromas along with flinty notes of crushed chalk and the iodine flavors of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an utterly complex and promising bouquet! The palate is terribly fresh but also rich, lush and intense, with the purity of the finest wines of the Côte de Blancs, the concentration of perfectly ripe Chardonnay and the suppleness of 2006. This has impeccable balance paired with high tension. The wine is very tight and still seems to be on its way right now. Although there is a first hint of aromatic ripeness, this should be a great Comtes de Champagne in a couple of years. The finish is tensioned, concentrated and mineral but keeps its talents in an almost bursting bubble. (SR) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Taittinger’s prestige cuvée epitomizes the Chardonnay predilection of this producer. This now-mature bottling is elegant and very stylish. Toast and a soft texture combine with great complexity to reveal a wine that is poised and ready to drink. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark In much the same fashion as the '06 Rosé this is aromatically quite restrained with notably cool and elegant aromas that speak of citrus, floral, yeast and green apple nuances. The wonderfully refined mouth feel is enhanced by the beautifully fine effervescence that shapes the medium weight flavors that culminate in crisp, intense and gorgeously complex and persistent finish. This is not only a terrific effort but it's an amazingly good 2006 as there are no exotic hints plus it offers exceptionally good verve. While this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for at least another 3 years and 5 will probably be the sweet spot. Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A vivacious Champagne, with fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead, rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2015)


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2018 | Send Email
We are getting down to the last of the 2006, with the 2007 waiting in the wings. When I had this last week, I found the limey, Puligny-like drive of this Champagne compelling and refreshing, and was happy to see this vintage living up to the legend of the Comtes de Champagne. This all Cote de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne is sourced from primarily estate vineyards in Avize, Chouilly, Oger and Mesnil. It is 95% fermented in stainless, but sees 5% small oak to add richness. The combination of toast from 8 years on the lees and lime zest from the top Chardonnay make for an exotic, yet elegant beauty of a Champagne.
Drink from 2018 to 2046

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
It was fun to taste this Blanc de Blancs in a lineup with other all-Chardonnay Champagne to experience the richer, creamier expression of the grape. Soft, ripe stone fruit matched with notes of toast and chalk. Despite this showing the richer side of Chardonnay there is still acid present giving this wine length and finish and hinting at how well this wine will age.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2016 | Send Email
This quite rich new release from Taittinger is a very worthy follow up to the 2005. It has a lovely white stone fruit character with lightly toasted nuttiness and subdued apple flavors. Creamy and floral, with a nice bit of citrus fruit on the finish.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2016 | Send Email
Aromas of spiced pear, lemon curd, and toast waft from the glass. On the palate, this is a round and creamy champagne expressing notes of baked stone fruit, citrus, chalk, and biscuit. The lengthy, mineral finish alone is worth the price of admission. Drink now or hold.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Aromas of yellow apples, caramelized pears and toast are very expressive immediately after popping the bottle. The palate shows more white nectarine and peach with bright acidity, soft moussey bubbles and a long, rich finish of baked apples.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Peach on the nose plus toasty oak with a caramel nuttiness tempered by minerality and a lovely shock of acidity. Chalky soil is evident here but there's a deep richness on the palate that powers through the lingering finish. "Comtes de Champagne" is an investment that will not only impress but with the Taittinger name and 2006 vintage, but keep everyone happy in the glass - both now and with age.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
The 2006 vintage of Taittinger's flagship "Comtes de Champagne" is a fabulous wine coming from a top-notch vintage. It has all the rich, creamy character that has come to define this bottling, showing ripe, white peach, raw honey, hazelnut, and buttercream on the nose. But this vintage yielded quite a lot of mineral flavor across the region, helping to provide focus among some of the more decadent flavors. Chalky minerals and laser-like acidity incorporate to give the impression of a gravity-defying tight-rope walk between acid and fruit, mineral and oak, complexity and purity. The length is surprising with its lingering notes of fig and apricot, providing an extremely pleasurable finish. Excellent.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
One of the true pleasures of our profession is the opportunity to taste extraordinary wines. Today afforded us just that. The 2006 Comtes de Champagne from Taittinger arrived and we were smitten. It offers an impressive combination of richness and freshness along with certain longevity. A mélange of captivating green apple and citrus aromas and a sumptuous and seamless palate make this wonderful today yet are only hints of its underlying complexity. Definitely one of the best value tete de cuvees made that is certain to reward with refinement.

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