TAITTINGER

2011 Comtes de Champagne Brut

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Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 12.5%

A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic. September 2021 release. Drink or hold. Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2021)

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100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs Grand Crus. The release of Comtes in 2011 has raised a few eyebrows, but Chardonnay certainly offered the best of this torrid year in the vineyards. The profile is quite hot, reflecting the early harvest, with lots of candied yellow citrus and kiwi, plumped up with some nougat and white chocolate plushness. Where this is "l'enfant terrible", as Alexandre Ponnavoy puts it, is in the shape – quite pithy and grippy as it pushes through, with a thicker, slightly less elegant progression than we would normally be accustomed to. The iodine/marine side is here, but not as pronounced as in more classic vintages. Altogether, the question as to whether this is truly a worthy Comtes is still open – it is certainly a solid Blanc de Blancs that will drink well over the short time whilst we wait for what will probably be a more recognizable 2012. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Dec 2022)

The 2011 Comtes de Champagne remains a challenging wine. Short, compact and lacking in complexity, the 2011 just doesn’t have that much to offer. On a more positive note, there’s good freshness and fewer of the vegetal notes I saw a few years ago. This is the best showing yet for the 2011. Drinking range: 2022 - 2031 Rating: 80 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2022)

An insider Champagne, the Comtes de Champagne from Taittinger 2011 is at a great moment to begin drinking. A Blanc de Blancs made entirely from Chardonnay grapes sourced from entirely from Grand Cru vineyards in Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger, this is accomplished and moreish, with plenty of grip, green apple, quince and citrus fruit, with expertly-maintained kicks of citrus peel and apricot pit through the palate, deepening in complexity and exotic fruit expression in the glass. 9 years on the lees, disgorged April 2021, 9 g/l dosage. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter (Jun 2022)

Taittinger

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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