A slightly more luxurious nature to the 2008 than the great 2007. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. One for the cellar. Release in 2020. Drink or hold. Rating: 99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Sep 2019)
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Taittinger’s 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is being released this year, and it will be worth a special effort to track down. I wrote in August 2019 that this is the finest Comtes de Champagne since the brilliant 2002, and this tasting confirmed that. Offering up a deep and complex bouquet of citrus oil, crisp orchard fruit, warm brioche, crushed chalk, blanched almonds and smoke, it’s full-bodied and incisive, with excellent concentration, racy acids and a long, searingly chalky finish. While this is already immensely impressive out of the gates, this 2008 is clearly built for the long haul, and three decades’ longevity won’t be a challenge. Rating: 98 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)
Taittinger’s 2008 Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is simply breath-taking. I have tasted it many times over the years in various trial disgorgements and it has never been anything less than compelling. The final, finished wine captures all of that potential. Bright, focused and wonderfully deep, Comtes is a fabulous example of a vintage that expresses so much energy but with real fruit intensity, the signatures that distinguish it from other vintages (1996 comes to mind) that were similarly taut, but more austere in the early going. Although the 2008 impresses right out of the gate, it only really starts to open up with several hours of air. The 2008 Comtes represents the purest essence of the Côtes des Blancs in a great, historic vintage. Readers who can find the 2008 should not hesitate, as it is a truly brilliant epic Champagne that no one who loves the very best in Champagne will want to be without. Rating: 98+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Sep 2020)
Very pale straw. Smoky/spicy nose. Really exciting on the palate. Masses of energy. Great balance. Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2020)
The Taittinger family are famous producers of champagne. Headed by Claude Taittinger. The Group is ranked in the top 250 businesses in France. Its diversified holdings included Champagne Taittinger, Societé du Louvre and Concorde Hotels, whose flagship is the famed Hotel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
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