“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of Champagne is just right.”

So sayeth F. Scott Fitzgerald, who most assuredly knew. Why do I invoke the era of flappers, the Charleston, and too-muchness? Because not since the roaring '20s has Champagne been more ubiquitous, or more in favor. No longer a drink broken-out mainly for celebrations and New Year’s toasts, Champagne today stands alongside top-cellar collectibles from Bordeaux, Napa, and Burgundy — especially the rare, vintage-dated tête de cuvées. 

Like this one.

Christie's declared 2012 to be an "exceptional" vintage in Champagne, one of the best of the century so far, and many releases are showing tremendous aging potential. (Though substantial willpower is required to resist their considerable charms).

Among the head-of-the-class releases from 2012 is Taittinger's Comtes Blanc de Blancs, which demonstrates why so many collectors have been on the hunt to hoover up bottles from the vintage. It offers a stunning dialogue between power and elegance. 

James Suckling rightly swooned over it, awarding 99 points and calling it "a fantastic and refined Blanc de Blancs ... layered and complex ... [with] delicious salty notes at the end."

Disgorged after 10 years maturation on the lees, this 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs cuvée is created using only first-press juice from Grand Cru-classified grapes sourced from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Five percent of the blend is aged in oak barrels, imbuing the finished product with depth as well as texture. 

Grower Champagnes have been attracting more and more attention, but there's a reason the region’s most renowned maisons remain at the top. They have access to the best grapes, the largest libraries of back vintages, and the handed-down wisdom from several centuries of uninterrupted winemaking.

It all adds up to prestige cuvées of unparalleled quality, complexity, and — relative to the upper-end of the market — value. Consider the price you might pay for a 99-point wine from a legendary vintage in Bordeaux or Burgundy, and you’ll better appreciate the relative value Champagne can still offer in the world of fine, collectible wines.

Don’t miss out on special Concierge Family pricing for the next week only, and secure this brilliant bottle (or bottles) of ‘Comtes de Champagne’ for all your celebrations now and to come!


*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2023. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IN, KY, MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, January 5th, 2022.

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