TAITTINGER, 'COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE' GRANDS CRUS ROSÉ
CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 2007
Champagne is finally enjoying its well-deserved time in the sun: once reserved for celebrations and New Year’s toasts, the bubbly libation has earned its spot alongside top cellar collectibles from Bordeaux, Napa, and Burgundy—especially the rare, vintage-dated têtes de cuvées. Yields in 2007 were notoriously small, and not too many houses produced vintage cuvées. The few estates that did produce 2007s have recently been releasing their wines, and easily among the best of the best is Taittinger’s ‘Comtes de Champagne’ Grands Crus Rosé. Garnering a near-perfect 99 points, the 2007 Comtes de Champagne is a stunning wine that demonstrates that luxurious interplay between power and elegance that finely crafted Champagne can achieve like no other wine. Vinous Media reports it a “Rosé Champagne that will leave readers weak at the knees...this is about as good as it gets.” This wine definitely has a long future ahead, if you can resist opening it now.
Sourced exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards, the wine is composed of 30% Chardonnay from the most prestigious Côte des Blancs terroirs and 70% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims (including 15% red wine from Bouzy Pinot Noir). Disgorged in December 2018, after 11 years on the lees, the wine is showing beautifully. The aromas dance from the glass, and the extra-fine perlage carries the nuances of black raspberry, mint, blood orange, and toasty brioche through the long finish. Each consecutive sip introduces new layers of flavors and complexity that will leave you in awe.
Grower Champagnes have been attracting lots of attention among Champagne-savvy groups and there are certainly impressive examples from this under-the-radar set; that said, the region’s most iconic houses remain instrumental in upholding the reputation of this esteemed sparkling wine style. These maisons have access to the best grapes, largest libraries of back vintages, and have centuries of winemaking know-how—their prestige cuvées are untouchable in terms of quality and complexity. Taittinger’s ‘Comtes de Champagne’ Rosé, like it’s Blanc de Blancs cousin, is the finest example of the Taittinger style and the 2007 release is incredibly impressive. Consider the price you might pay for a 99-point wine from a top estate 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 pricing, available for one week only!
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