Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008 Blanc de Blancs
- France, 750ml
Taittinger’s 2008 Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is simply breathtaking. "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" James Suckling
- Winery: Taittinger
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Champagne, France
- Vintage: 2008
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food match: Lobster, shrimp, shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, oysters, fried chicken, Brie-style cheeses, fruit-based desserts (tarts and crepes)
"I'll take Taittinger blanc de blancs….. It is not well known, but it is the best champagne in the world" James Bond in Casino Royale (1951)
The Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is the finest example of the Taittinger House style and is always a vintage cuvée. It is made with 100% white grapes from the 5 villages with a Grands Crus classification for the Chardonnay grape (Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger).
"Delineated, complex and restrained at the same time, the nose of this 2008 vintage carries us away on aromas of pear, lime, white pepper and orange blossom, skilfully paired with slightly licoricey, toasted notes. In the mouth, it offers an organoleptic journey of great aromatic finesse, leading to a tension and persistent minerality. The 2008 vintage is a Comtes de Champagne at its purest, frankest, most intense. With the vintage delivering a wonderful balance between finesse and concentration, you will be delighted by its aromas of white fruits, grapefruit and menthol over a delicately honeyed end note." Taittinger
The Soul of a Family Business - The Taittinger family has managed the Champagne House for nearly a century. Its aim has always been the pursuit of excellence. “Having our family name on a bottle places demands and responsibilities on every minute. The name on the bottle conveys both the skills and knowledge of the past and a commitment to the future”. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger has embodied this commitment for 40 years, and today he shares it with his son, Clovis and his daughter, Vitalie who both work beside him in the day to day running of the Champagne House. Together, they create a very close-knit and complementary family trio.
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is a fervent ambassador for the Champagne region and its history and influence. He is not interested in accolades or power. As he puts it: “We cultivate vines, not egos at Taittinger”. A determined connoisseur, hedonist and humanist, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger successfully bought back his family’s business from the Starwood Group following their buy out of the business the year before. Winning back the business was an act of duty, carried out in the spirit of family pride. He is surrounded by a young, passionate group of professionals, who work closely with one another as guardians of Taittinger and all that it represents and inspires.
A Legacy, The Destiny of a Dynasty - The vitality and reach of the Taittinger brand is based on the values of those who embody it today. These values are inherited from those who created the Champagne House. Over three generations, a number of people have left their mark on the history, spirit and style of Taittinger and, beyond that, on the image of Champagne itself. Vision, inspiration, strategy, development and influence have all contributed to permanently shaping the destiny of the family and the reputation of the Champagne House.
- 99/100 Points - James Suckling
- 5 Stars & Top Rank - Bob Campbell, The Real Review
- 98+/100 Points - Antonio Galloni MW, Vinous
- Gold - 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards
- 98/100 Points - William Keeley, The Wine Advocate
- Gold - 2020 The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship
- 99/100 Points - Tyson Stelzer
- 18.5/20 Points - Jancis Robinson OBE MW
- Trophy - 2020 The Wine Merchant - Top 100 Best Sparkling
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