1996 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Blend - 750ML

  • JG 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 93

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JG 97
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2014
This most recent bottle of 1996 Comtes de Champagne was showing brilliantly and this is clearly one of the legendary vintages of this fine cuvée in the last quarter century. The stunning nose delivers a magical... This most recent bottle of 1996 Comtes de Champagne was showing brilliantly and this is clearly one of the legendary vintages of this fine cuvée in the last quarter century. The stunning nose delivers a magical constellation of pear, passion fruit, brioche, very complex, chalky minerality, spring flowers, nutmeg, pastry cream and a touch of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and bottomless, with racy focus and grip, a superb core, perfect balance and blossoming complexity and enormous energy on the very, very long, laser-like finish. The vintage’s snappy acids are perfectly integrated into the body of the wine, and this is one 1996 that will not fail of the vintage’s early promise and the ’96 Comtes is destined to be a legendary rendition of this great wine. It is certainly approachable today, but I would be inclined to give it just a few more years’ worth of bottle age to allow its tertiary layers to start to emerge and add to its stunning complexity. 97+
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2006
($140) Green-gold. Vibrant youthful precise aromas of green apple Meyer lemon and dusty citrus zest. Racy and taut on the palate with a strong mousse and impressive focus and concentration to the tangy apple and citrus... ($140) Green-gold. Vibrant youthful precise aromas of green apple Meyer lemon and dusty citrus zest. Racy and taut on the palate with a strong mousse and impressive focus and concentration to the tangy apple and citrus flavors. Juicy palate-staining finish of striking purity. This is clearly an outstanding Champagne but needs some more time in bottle.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2006
There's richness to offset the vibrant structure of this 1996. Shows toast candied berry lemon zest and mineral flavors. Balanced ending with a chalky sensation around the gums. Still very youthful with a long life ahead... There's richness to offset the vibrant structure of this 1996. Shows toast candied berry lemon zest and mineral flavors. Balanced ending with a chalky sensation around the gums. Still very youthful with a long life ahead. Drink now through 2018. –BS
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1996

Label

The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Champagne Taittinger’s most rare and precious cuvee, was created as a tribute to the Counts (or “Comtes”) of Champagne who ruled over the Saint-Nicaise Abbey and to Thibauld IV in particular. The blend is derived solely from Chardonnay grapes from the highest ranked crus of the Cote des Blancs, the most prestigious source of Chardonnay in Champagne.

Produced only when the harvest is exceptional quality worthy of a vintage year, and only from the first press, Comtes de Champagne is a study in finesse. Since its first cuvee in 1952, just 30 vintages have been deemed worthy of bottling.

Winery

Taittinger

In 1932, Pierre Taittinger, captivated by the Champagne region and by Chateau de la Marquetterie, developed a champagne business with his brother-in-law Paul Eveque. His son Francois took the torch 13 years later, making improvements to both the cellars and the vineyards. Step by step, he established the Taittinger brand as one of the great Champagne houses, known for its Chardonnay-dominant cuvees and in particular, the prestigious Comtes de Champagne.

Taittinger was sold to US investment group Starwood in 2005, but was bought back by the family a year later. Today, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has built a team to embark on a new adventure in the spirit of conquest and continuity, including the production of sparkling wine in the English region of Kent.