Taittinger, "Comtes de Champagne" Blanc de Blancs Brut, 2007, gift box
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- Variety: Blanc de Blancs
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Reviews of purchase Taittinger, "Comtes de Champagne" Blanc de Blancs Brut, 2007, gift box
Champagne golden color with greenish highlights. Possesses steady and thin perlyazhem.
The taste of wine is balanced, rounded, ripe, lively, fresh, complex, but at the same time soft and slightly salty, reveals notes of fruit and tones of lemon. The finish is long, with oily tints.
Aromatic bouquet of champagne rather subtle, combines notes of Anjou pear, white flowers and raisins, nuances of minerals, anise and smoke.
Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to seafood snacks, shellfish and fish dishes.
"Comtes de Champagne" Grands Crus Blanc de Blancs Brut - the best example of the style of the Taittinger house. This champagne is made from Chardonnay grapes harvested from 5 vineyards of the Grands Crus classification, grown in Avize, Chouilly, Kramane, Aucher and Le Menille-Sur-Aucher. From the very beginning of creation and until the appearance of champagne on the shelves, it requires increased attention from wine makers and that is why it is made in small quantities. Cuvee created from the juice of the first spin. A small percentage (5%) of the blend is kept in new oak barrels for 4 months, which provides the champagne with a delicate balance of nuances of roasted oak wood at the finish. "Comte de Champagne" Grand Cru Blanc Blanc Blanc Brut kept in special cellars at a depth of 18 m under the ground, built in chalk pits under Saint-Nicaise, for 8-10 years.
2007 was an exceptional year, both in terms of grapes, and for wines made from it. After mild winter temperatures, vines began to grow earlier than usual, so winemakers expected it to mature fully by mid-August. However, contrary to all expectations, during May, the Champagne vineyards suffered from adverse weather conditions. Vines slowed their development, flowering belatedly. Summer was also marked by low temperatures and insufficient sunlight. Only at the end of August the weather patronized the speedy ripening of berries. Harvesting was carried out in September during a cold, dry wind. The harvest was healthy and of high quality. Chardonnay was delicate and clean, and its citrus tones and notes of white fruit showed great potential.
In 1734, Jacques Fournet, a retailer of sparkling wines, created a company that would later be called "Taittinger" . He sold wines made at the beginning of the 18th century by Benedictine abbeys Hautvillers, Pierry, Verzy and Saint-Nicaise in Reims, which owned the best vineyards in Champagne. They grew vines and produced sparkling wines. Jacques Fournet’s company flourished throughout the nineteenth century. After the First World War, the company acquired the residence of the XIII century, the so-called "House of Earls of Champagne." It was the home of Thibault IV, a famous feudal lord of medieval France during the reign of Louis IX. Thibault IV was king of Navarre, lord of Saint-Nicaise Abbey and the last Earl of Champagne. He was also a famous poet and musician, for which he received the nickname "Thibault the Minstrel." His muse was Blanche of Castile, Queen of France, wife of Louis VIII. Fleeing from unhappy love, Thibault IV fled from France, joining the crusade on the Holy Land. On the way back, Thibault IV brought vines from Cyprus, which were the ancestors of the current Chardonnay company "Taittinger".
At the beginning of the 20th century, the merger of the companies Fourne and Tetenzhe, people from Lorraine, who take control of the production of sparkling wines, takes place. Pierre Tetenzhe in 1932 acquires Chateau Marketter, a mansion of the XVIII century, famous for its vineyards, which were planted on Chardonnay and Pinot. It was Pierre who decided that the Chardonnay variety would be dominant in the Tetenzhe brand, introducing lightness, elegance, elegance and variety of flavors.
Champagne produced by Tetenzhe House quickly enough acquired the status of great wines. On the label of each bottle shows the coat of arms of Thibault IV. Today "House Tetenzhe" is one of the greatest names in Champagne. House products are exported to more than 100 countries of the world, being a sign of luxury and prestige.