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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005

Subregion France > Champagne
Grape VarietyChardonnay

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Tasting Notes

Shows lovely balance, with a chinalike backbone of acidity, finely meshed with a creamy mousse and rich and toasty flavors of roasted hazelnut, creamed apple, lemon parfait and spun honey. A vein of smoky minerality echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2028.

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2013

The 2005 Comtes has a more opulent style than one usually expects from this label. A ripe vintage (more successful for Chardonnay) with similar numbers (natural ABV and pH) compared to 2006 (another ripe vintage), yet the two wines couldn't be more different. The phenolic structure of the vintage 2005 promotes fruit at the expense of some precision: The aromas of yellow plum have gained a honeyed complexity in the years since release. Threatening to turn peachy-exotic, the ubiquitous toasty aromas of coffee and walnut are still there in abundance. With palate staining intensity and length, I enjoy this wine for following a different stylistic narrative, and it is an excellent expression of this vintage. Very good indeed! Drink from 2023-2029. Tasted: 15-Jun-23.

Steve Pritchard, Inside Burgundy, December 2022
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