Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2013

Comtes de Champagne 2013

Today sees the release we have all been waiting for, the stunning Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs 2013.

Antonio Galloni has rated the 2013 vintage 98 Points, the exact same score he awarded the legendary 2008 & 2002 vintages and with a release price of £715 c/s IB it is available at a significant discount to those vintages!

WineScore (Antonio Galloni)Market IB/case
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2013 (6x75cl)98£715.00
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)98£900.00
Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (6x75cl)98£1,600.00

2013 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs

Taittinger is considered as one of the greatest champagnes houses and has the distinction of being independently owned and managed by the family: Pierre-Emmanuel, his daughter Vitalie and son Clovis.  Located in Reims, Taittinger has large vineyards, spanning over 280 hectares (700 acres).  The Prestige Cuvée Comtes de Champagne is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes selected from 5 villages with a Grand Cru classification (Chouilly, Avize, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger).

“The 2013 Comtes de Champagne captures all the pedigree of this great vintage in its energy, depth and vibrancy.” – Antonio Galloni

In my mind this is the best value prestige cuvée on the market!

In 2013 the grapes were slow to ripen, which is why this was one of the last vintages harvested in October. Spring arrived late after a particularly long and cold winter. Meanwhile, mid-April was exceptionally hot, dry and sunny with over 800 hours of sunshine – unprecedented in Champagne country! The grapes developed with a new-found impetus. Some light rainfall in early September helped the clusters increase in size and ripen at an accelerated rate.

Only the very best ‘cuvées’ are used in the production of Comtes de Champagne in order to guarantee finesse. Of the wines that make up its composition, 5% have been aged for four months in oak barrels, one third of which are replaced each year. These enhance the characteristics of the final blend of toasted notes.

During the 10 years it has spent slowly maturing in cellars, time has worked its magic, meaning this vintage comes to us with an extraordinary energy and ageing potential. All that remains now is for it to write the rest of its story. The moment you open this 2013 vintage, a special occasion in itself, it lives up to all expectations. It is a unique sensory experience, a visual and gustatory delight! Crystal clear, with a beautiful golden shimmer through colours of straw yellow and reflections of gold; the bead is fine, delicate and lively. This vintage captivates through its precision, its density and its blend of ripe citrus fruit flavours with pastry notes. The nose takes you into a world of freshness, opening smoothly to reveal a natural expression of radiant flavours and nuances underpinned by subtle acidity. On the palate, the wine quickly pulsates as its effervescence unfurls into an invigorating sensation. It tightens up on the finish to leave a lingering taste imbued with ginger and liquorice. Possessing a natural delicacy, this Comtes de Champagne 2013 extends its energy with dynamism and a striking purity of aromas, superbly revealing the saline and mineral austerity of the excellent Côte des Blancs terroirs.

Really capturing a moment in time, the intensity of this Comtes de Champagne 2013 suggests that it offers all the ageing potential that is to be expected of such a cuvee. Supported by a fine structure, this wine achieves a rare level of intensity in this vintage year of optimum ripeness.

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Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

2013 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 6x75cl

Region ChampagneProducer Taittinger
Type SparklingPack Size 6x75cl
Vintage 2013Price £715.00

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Antonio Galloni

The 2013 Comtes de Champagne is a towering Champagne, as it was last year. Rich, sumptuous and explosive, the 2013 soars out of the glass with a captivating mix of tropical fruit, apricot, passion fruit, baked apple tart, mint and yellow flowers. It is one of the most explosive, extroverted Comtes I have ever tasted. Impressive. [Antonio Galloni, 26/03/2024]

Anticipated maturity: 2025-2053

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