2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs

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  • Champagne Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 98
  • JG 98
  • IWC 95
  • WS 94
  • WE 94
  • JR 93
  • CG 93
  • BH 93
  • W&S 91

Reviews for 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs

WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2002
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... 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. This is a fabulous set of new releases from Taittinger. The 2002 Comtes de Champagne is easily one of the very best young Champagnes I have ever tasted. Over the next year or so Taittinger plans to list more information about their NV wines on the back labels something that is a huge positive for the consumer.
JG 98
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2014
The 2002 Comtes has been a legend in the making since its first release, and at age twelve, the wine is starting to really stretch its wings and aim for the stars. The utterly brilliant nose is still a tad on the reticent... The 2002 Comtes has been a legend in the making since its first release, and at age twelve, the wine is starting to really stretch its wings and aim for the stars. The utterly brilliant nose is still a tad on the reticent side, but as the wine warms up in the glass, it offers up a stellar constellation of pear, delicious apples, complex chalkiness, brioche, apple blossoms, incipient notes of pastry cream, plenty of smokiness and a topnote of lemon peel. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with stunning focus and balance, unrepentant refinement, elegant mousse, zesty acids and stunning cut and grip on the endless and dancing finish. I am hard-pressed to think of a finer young vintage of Comtes de Champagne that has ever crossed my path! It seems to me that it is still infanticide to be drinking this wine today, as there is so much more to unfold with more bottle age, and I would not touch a bottle until it starts to close in on its twentieth birthday. Chapeau!
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2012
($195) (L2117UB00400): Light bright gold. A heady intensely perfumed bouquet evokes lemon curd pear skin iodine honeysuckle and toasty lees with notes of ginger and honey emerging with air. Strikes an impressive... ($195) (L2117UB00400): Light bright gold. A heady intensely perfumed bouquet evokes lemon curd pear skin iodine honeysuckle and toasty lees with notes of ginger and honey emerging with air. Strikes an impressive balance of power and restraint opening slowly to offer vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors along with intense floral and spice nuances. Clings with superb tenacity on the gently smoky finish which features zesty orange pith and mineral qualities. By the way the 2004 Comtes de Champagne Rose has become even more intense over the last 12 months gaining in both mineral and floral intensity. I know the old saw about aging rose Champagne but this is a wine that is built for the long haul.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2012
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... 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. Drink now through 2025. – AN
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
The latest release of the legendary Comtes de Champagne comes from a great vintage. It has full, toasty bottle-age notes that give the wine depth of flavor, with a ripe, rounded mouthfeel and taut acidity. An almond note... The latest release of the legendary Comtes de Champagne comes from a great vintage. It has full, toasty bottle-age notes that give the wine depth of flavor, with a ripe, rounded mouthfeel and taut acidity. An almond note combines with the citrus-driven acidity on the finish.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2012
18/20 100% Chardonnay. Greenish straw. Nicely balanced and relatively open. Quite a high dosage but very easy to like. Fine and as though there’s a drawstring on the finish. All very neat on the end after quite an... 18/20 100% Chardonnay. Greenish straw. Nicely balanced and relatively open. Quite a high dosage but very easy to like. Fine and as though there’s a drawstring on the finish. All very neat on the end after quite an effusive beginning. Mid weight to light.
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, December 2012
From its first, complex, generously yeasty aromas and on through its very deep, distinctly autolyzed flavors, this rich and compelling wine goes beyond the normal bounds of Blanc de Blancs. It is amazingly rich and... From its first, complex, generously yeasty aromas and on through its very deep, distinctly autolyzed flavors, this rich and compelling wine goes beyond the normal bounds of Blanc de Blancs. It is amazingly rich and charged by a very fine stream of unending bubbles, and it has the vitality that its genre predicts, but it has more volume and comes with more layers of interest than we anticipate from a Chardonnay cuvée. It will drink wonderfully with any number of lighter foods, but it is a complex and most involving wine that we would gladly sip slowly on its own.
BH 93
Burghound - Burghound, October 2015
A beautifully elegant and ultra-pure nose serves up attractively layered and slightly phenolic aromas of spiced pear, white rose, citrus, brioche and hints of green apple. There is very good if not stunning complexity to... A beautifully elegant and ultra-pure nose serves up attractively layered and slightly phenolic aromas of spiced pear, white rose, citrus, brioche and hints of green apple. There is very good if not stunning complexity to the moderately vibrant flavors that are supported by an impressively refined effervescence before terminating in a balanced, dry, clean and lingering finish. While this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for another 2 to 4 years to allow for a bit more overall depth to develop. 2017+
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2012
Tart green apple and ginger scents lend cut to this otherwise creamy and soft 2002. Its scents of butterscotch candy and lemon curd give the appearance of a gentle take on the vintage. The structure may become more... Tart green apple and ginger scents lend cut to this otherwise creamy and soft 2002. Its scents of butterscotch candy and lemon curd give the appearance of a gentle take on the vintage. The structure may become more apparent with further bottle age.