Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2012

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12.40% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2012
  • WS 96
  • WA 95
  • JS 99
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Introducing the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2012, a masterpiece meticulously crafted by Winemaker Alexandre Ponnavoy. This exceptional Champagne, made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, has garnered acclaim from wine connoisseurs around the world.

In the glass, this Blanc de Blancs dazzles with its radiant golden hue, hinting at the opulence within. On the nose, a fragrant bouquet of roasted hazelnut, vanilla, and a subtle smokiness sets the stage for a symphony of aromas. Layers of poached pear and quince, pastry cream, pain d’épices, and candied ginger dance gracefully.

On the palate, this Champagne reveals its true magnificence. It is sculpted by a vibrant acidity that harmoniously intertwines with a plush, silky mousse, all supported by a chalky underpinning. The mouthfeel is luxurious and enveloping, offering a rich tapestry of flavors.

Wine Spectator’s rating of 96 points aptly captures the essence of this “blond bombshell,” while Wine Advocate’s 95 points acknowledge its luscious and textural qualities. James Suckling, with an exceptional rating of 99 points, applauds its complexity, layering notes of lemon curd, chalk, hazelnuts, pastries, baked apples, and almond croissants.

The Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2012 is a testament to the artistry and dedication of Champagne Taittinger. With each sip, it unfolds its intricacies, leaving an indelible mark of elegance and finesse. This Blanc de Blancs is not merely a Champagne; it is a masterpiece, a celebration of the craft of winemaking.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 96
Wine Spectator
A gorgeous blond bombshell of a Champagne, fragrant with roasted hazelnut, vanilla and smoke notes that waft through layers of poached pear and quince, pastry cream, pain d'épices and candied ginger. This is sculpted by a vibrant acidity that's seamlessly knit to the plush, silky mousse and chalky underpinning.
WA 95
Wine Advocate
The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is showing beautifully out of the gates, offering up demonstrative aromas of sweet golden orchard fruit, buttery croissants, peach and hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and enveloping, it's a rich, textural, vinous Comtes somewhat reminiscent of the brilliant 2002. If it gains in tension and cut (as the 2002 did and as I suspect the 2012 will) with more time on cork, it will make this initial rating seem conservative.
JS 99
James Suckling
This is a fantastic and refined Blanc de Blancs. So layered and complex, with lemon curd, chalk, hazelnuts, pastries, baked apples and almond croissants. Structured and tightly wound, with almost imperceptible bubbles. Delicious salty notes at the end. Beautiful.

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Taittinger, a renowned Champagne house situated in Reims, is widely recognized for its exceptional Chardonnay-based cuvées, with the prestigious Comtes de Champagne blanc de blancs serving as its pinnacle offering. As a family-owned estate, Taittinger possesses around 290 hectares (710 acres) of vineyards, with approximately half dedicated to Pinot Noir, while Chardonnay and a small portion of Pinot Meunier account for the rest. These vineyards contribute 50 percent of Taittinger's production, with the remaining supply sourced from longstanding partnerships with growers. Taittinger's Brut Reserve NV is crafted from 40 percent Chardonnay, while the two Pinot varieties comprise the remainder. This composition results in a refreshing and delicately balanced house style. Moreover,... Read More
Chardonnay, the noble white grape varietal, has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world with its elegance, versatility, and ability to reflect its terroir. Originating in the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has spread its vines across the globe, leaving its indelible mark on the wine industry. Chardonnay grapes are renowned for their unique characteristics. They possess small to medium-sized clusters with round berries that range in color from green to golden. The flavor profile of Chardonnay is remarkably diverse, offering a wide range of aromas including green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, melon, and vanilla. These flavors can vary significantly depending on the terroir, climate, and winemaking techniques employed. The winemaking process plays a crucial role in... Read More

Winemaker of Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2012

Alexandre Ponnavoy

Alexandre Ponnavoy, the dedicated winemaker at Champagne Taittinger, embarked on his journey with the renowned house in April 2015. His role, initially assisting Cellar Chief Loïc Dupont, was the result of a meticulous recruitment process. In the hallowed halls of Taittinger, the winemaker's role is akin to that of a diligent monk, tirelessly preserving the essence of the cuvées that define the house's signature. Over three years, Alexandre Ponnavoy closely collaborated with Loïc Dupont, delving into the heart and soul of Taittinger's wines. His mission: to master the distinctiveness of Taittinger's creations and one day assume the mantle himself. Born in 1979 in the Dijon region, Alexandre's journey to Reims followed his academic pursuits, culminating in a Master's degree in... Read More
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The Champagne region, nestled in the northeastern part of France, boasts a winemaking heritage that stretches back through the annals of history. Revered worldwide for its exquisite sparkling wines, this region's allure is intricately tied to its unique geographical and climatic characteristics, producing some of the world's most coveted wines.

Champagne's vinous legacy traces its roots to the Middle Ages when still wines were produced here. However, it was in the 17th century that the magical transformation occurred – the discovery of effervescence through secondary fermentation in the bottle. This serendipitous revelation led to the birth of Champagne as we know it today, with its characteristic bubbles... Read More

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