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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Spectator
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 12.3%
Item no. 120644
Its pale golden yellow is characteristic from the best Chardonnay grapes in the Cote des Blancs. The very fresh nose offers a wonderful combination of minerality and fruity sweetness. This is very quickly followed by elegant fruit aromas which include mandarin and orange peel. The mid palate is ample, intense and rich. Notes of mandarin, fresh pineapple and lightly candied fruit balance with the acidity. The finish is very expressive. Made with 100% Chardonnay.
A perfect accompaniment to first courses such as seafood and shellfish.
Taittinger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is off the charts. I have tasted the 2002 now many times, and it has never been less than thrilling. A vivid kaleidoscope of pure Chardonnay aromas and flavors opens up in the glass. The 2002 is at once incredibly rich yet also totally weightless and impeccable in its balance. All the classic Comtes notes are there, but with a level of detail and nuance I don’t think I have ever seen before. The 2002 is breathtakingly beautiful today, but also appears to have the stuffing to age for decades. Personally, I would be looking to buy the 2002 in magnums if at all possible. Sadly, there is little wine to go around as 2002 was a very short crop. Readers who can track down the 2002 are in store for something truly great. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2042.
A rich base of toasted brioche and briny mineral supports flavors of poached quince, white peach puree, fleur de sel, pastry and smoked almond. There's a quiet verve to this wine, with a fine, silky texture throughout.