The 2005s arrived shortly before the holidays started and we've been pulling corks with relative abandon. Taittinger was wildly successful in 2005 and their Comtes de Champagne Rosé dramatizes this.
It feels very appropriate for my last offer of the year to be 2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when we offered the 2005 CdC Blanc de Blancs, Taittinger may very well be Champagne's most consistently performing Maison. Combine this consistency with the value that both CdCs offer and you start to understand why it's so dear to my heart.
I can't tell you how many times I've been stunned by bottles of CdC Rosé. The hallmark here is aristocratic breeding with super-fine layers of fruit, all energized by a seriously powerful mineral core. CdC Rosé is authoritative in its presence for sure, but carries its stature with an amazing sophistication.
The 2005 is a seductive wine. It offers up a beautiful assortment of red fruits, spice, floral and mineral notes. The palate is beautifully silky and nimble. The total package is lovely.
As CdC Rosé ages, magic happens. Mature examples combine a Burgundy-like earthiness and complexity with a shocking freshness of fruit - these are undoubtedly among the great Champagne drinking experiences. The 71, 73, 76, 79, 82, 88, 96 and 02 are all legendary, benchmark vintages.
I can't think of a better way for me to end the year than with this sharply priced offering.
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Antonio Galloni: "The 2005 Comtes de Champagne Rosé is a wine of contrasts. At first rich and vinous on the palate, the 2005 turns more delicate with time in the glass as its silkier and floral qualities become more evident. Sweet red berry and spice notes linger on the delicate finish."