1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Blend - 750ML

  • WS 95
  • JG 94
  • IWC 93

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WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2008
Impressive and seamless from the get go featuring lemon apricot smoke and spice aromas and flavors that build to the long conclusion. It's creamy yet firm and fresh with all its elements integrated for an alluring overall... Impressive and seamless from the get go featuring lemon apricot smoke and spice aromas and flavors that build to the long conclusion. It's creamy yet firm and fresh with all its elements integrated for an alluring overall profile. Wonderful finesse and length. Drink now through 2028.
JG 94
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2014
The 1998 vintage of Comtes de Champagne has not closed down quite as much in the last year as some of the other Têtes de Cuvées that I have tasted from this vintage, and it remains quite open and showing lovely generosity... The 1998 vintage of Comtes de Champagne has not closed down quite as much in the last year as some of the other Têtes de Cuvées that I have tasted from this vintage, and it remains quite open and showing lovely generosity on the palate. The classic nose is complex and à point, wafting from the glass in a mélange of pear, tangerine, almonds, a beautiful base of white soil tones, warm bread, gentle floral tones and a topnote of fresh nutmeg. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and very refined, with fine intensity of flavor at the core, elegant mousse, crisp acids and excellent length and grip on the pure and vibrant finish. The raw materials in 1998 were probably not quite as fine as those in either 1999 or 2000, but the 1998 Comtes de Champagne shows no signs of not being able to keep pace with those two other excellent vintages.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2007
Light yellow. Stony peach and pear aromas are complicated by smoked meat and Asian spices. Round and filled in with admirably deep pit fruit flavors a pliant texture and a fresh mineral kick on the finish. Leaves a strong... Light yellow. Stony peach and pear aromas are complicated by smoked meat and Asian spices. Round and filled in with admirably deep pit fruit flavors a pliant texture and a fresh mineral kick on the finish. Leaves a strong pear impression on the palate and an echo of minerals. 93 points
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1998

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.