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Comtes de Champagne MAGS
A Legacy of Greatness
Taittinger's Comtes de Champagne is a deeply personal wine for me.
When Taittinger CdC is on, it can reach heights that only a select few Champagnes can achieve. And their winning streak has been nothing short of amazing. CdC is one of the most consistent Champagnes that I know.
The maison just rocked it with their 2004 Comtes de Champagne. Frankly, it's just jaw-droppingly good. I've drunk over two cases of this wine since release (not by myself) and made it my go-to tête de cuvée Champagne. Over the last six months the wine has really filled out, framing the freshness and verve in a profound way.
The '04 CdC has been on the radar of Champagne fanatics since before its release. There was a point when it seemed that everyone who had tasted the wine was emailing us to order cases. The wine is just that good and it was undeniably clear from the get-go.
Logic dictated to go as long as possible on magnums. And we did.
The Côte des Blancs was the star of the 2004 vintage: the wines have an ultra-clear, super-fine chalky minerality and a gorgeous rigor - exactly what I look for in Champagne. The '04 CdC exemplifies these qualities.
We've discussed this at length in the past, but magnums are the ideal format for Champagne. Nothing allows Champagne to age with such freshness and grace.
The 2004 CdC is something that almost demands to be purchased in magnum. CdC's transformation in the cellar is legendary and the sleek classicism of the 2004 edition promises to age beautifully.
Along with Krug's Clos de Mesnil, Dom Ruinart, Salon and Selosse, Comtes is the quintessential Blanc de Blancs. The '04 CdC epitomizes the regal minerality and finesse that defines this wine in all its glory. In the context of grand marques, Taittinger is a small house and magnums are rare enough to disappear from the market quickly.
Comtes de Champagne is Taittinger's prestige cuvée, first released in 1952 and sourced from some of the Côte des Blancs' top Grand Crus (Avize, Le Mesnil and Oger along with a little Chouilly and Cramant).
CdC can show its share of richness, but its hallmark is one of elegance and impeccable class and breed. What makes me so excited about the '04 is how outrageously pure and detailed this wine is. This is a Champagne that I implore you to pick up magnums of - while our stock lasts.
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Antonio Galloni: "It's fascinating to taste the 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne after the 2002, something I have been able to do on a few occasions. The 2004 is all about minerality, precision and tension. It doesn't have the sheer richness or power of the 2002, but it makes up for that with its crystalline purity and sheer energy. Bright hints of lemon oil, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into the pointed, vibrant finish."