One of the best bottles of Champagne that ever crossed my lips was a 1985 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc. I remember thinking it tasted like sparkling Montrachet. So on my wife’s Birthday this month, when we had a 2006 I was smitten all over over again. Both with her and the Champagne. Treat yourself to this remarkable wine and fall in love all over again!
The identity of the Taittinger Family flows from the creation, the selling and the very art of champagne. Their essence is so tied to the unique sparkling French creation that they remain the only family to build a champagne empire and sell it – only to buy it back again, unable to bear living without it.
Tucked into downtown Reims amidst the center of the Champagne region, Taittinger traces its history back to the 1700s. Established alongside the 13th century Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, what would become the Taittinger facility survived the destruction of the monks’ church and its grounds during the French Revolution in 1789. The Taittinger family – formerly wine merchants from the northeastern France region of Lorraine – moved to Paris in 1870 and took its first steps into a champagne business that would bring them to Reims after the turn of the century.
*NV Taittinger La Francaise Brut
(Wine Advocate 91)
$35.75btl/$214.50 per case of six
$299.99 per 3 liter
The NV Brut La Française is based on 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, all fermented in stainless steel and blended with 30% of reserve wines. It is a pure, fresh and well-structured Brut that seems more elegant, complex and round than the Brut Réserve. The persistent finish is clear, fresh and well structured, with refreshing lemon flavors and a nice grip. My sample was said to be bottled in 2014 and disgorged in March 2017 with nine grams of dosage. There is good length and tension here as well as sweet cherry aromas in the aftertaste.
*2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Blanc de Blanc
$129.99btl/$779.94 per case of six
(Wine Advocate 96)
Tasted almost two years after disgorgement, the 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs shows a beautiful golden-citrus color and opens with a fascinating intense, floral, slightly reductive nose that develops enormously in the glass, offering lemon and lemon confit aromas along with flinty notes of crushed chalk and the iodine flavors of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an utterly complex and promising bouquet! The palate is terribly fresh but also rich, lush and intense, with the purity of the finest wines of the Côte de Blancs, the concentration of perfectly ripe Chardonnay and the suppleness of 2006. This has impeccable balance paired with high tension. The wine is very tight and still seems to be on its way right now. Although there is a first hint of aromatic ripeness, this should be a great Comtes de Champagne in a couple of years. The finish is tensioned, concentrated and mineral but keeps its talents in an almost bursting bubble. Disgorged September 2016; tasted May 2018