Sharpest Price-Impeccable Class and Power: 2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Posted by Robert Schagrin

These bottles are in stock and ready for the holidays.

There are a number of reasons for my love of CdC. First, there's the value that CdC offers. When it comes to the top wines of grand marques, what it delivers is something truly astounding for the price. It's nearly impossible to find a bottle that delivers like CdC for the money. When you add Comtes Taittinger's remarkably consistent winemaking, you have something amazing.

When an aged bottle shines, it really, really shines. I've had extraordinary experiences with old CdC.

Along with Krug's Clos de Mesnil, Dom Ruinart, Salon and Selosse, CdC is the quintessential Blanc de Blancs. 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 balance.

The 2005 serves as an archetype of the precise, regal minerality and finesse that defines this wine in all its glory. Stephan Reinhard captures the 2005 really well when he writes, "this is a fresh, buoyant and firmly structured Comtes with a persistent minerality and an impressive clarity."

We opened a bottle recently after a long and crazy holiday retail day. The wine was brilliant; the nose immediately offered an insane level of clarity and precision.

The 2005 CdC is among the most successful wines that I've tasted from the vintage. (There's that CdC consistency for you.) Comtes is wildly delicious straight out of the gate, and the 2005 is no exception. It will also stand the test of time. We created the 4-pack so you can indulge accordingly as well as cellar for later.

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Robert Schagrin

Managing Partner

Crush Wine & Spirits