Taittinger is one of the few family-owned independent Champagne houses in Reims. It produces a very classy Non-Vintage blend and complex Vintage Champagnes as well. In 1952, the Taittinger Champagne House introduced the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, which stands as its most exclusive and premium blend, paying tribute to the Comtes de Champagne and, notably, Thibaud IV, whose seal proudly embellishes each Taittinger bottle. This exceptional champagne is crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Grands Crus vineyards in the Côte des Blancs region. These vineyards, located in the renowned villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger, and Oger, are celebrated for their exceptional soil quality, especially ideal for cultivating Chardonnay grapes in the region.
The 2013 Comtes de Champagne captures all the pedigree of this great vintage in its energy, depth and vibrancy. Lemon confit, dried flowers, chamomile, spice and crushed rocks all race across the palate. Passionfruit, ginger, marzipan and mint appear later, filling out the layers beautifully. Harvest took place in October in what has become the exception rather than the norm in Champagne. Drink 2023-2043 98pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Nervy and tight with notes of crushed almonds, chalk, white grapefruit, digestive biscuits, lemons and apricot stones. Hints of fennel and white pepper. Deep and mineral, with plenty of power. Very fine bubbles. Long drive at the end. 98pts, James Suckling