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Produced exclusively from top quality Chardonnay grapes grown in 'Grand Cru' rated vineyards. One of the greatest Blanc de Blancs champagnes, Comtes was first produced in 1952. A Champagne with...
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Produced exclusively from top quality Chardonnay grapes grown in 'Grand Cru' rated vineyards. One of the greatest Blanc de Blancs champagnes, Comtes was first produced in 1952. A Champagne with the potential to age for decades and reward the more patient hedonist.

98 points John Gilman
The 1996 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne has been a stunning example of the vintage since day one and at age twenty it is still not fully at its apogee of peak maturity. I had not tasted a bottle in five years and in the ensuing time the wine has started to really come into its own, with secondary layers of maturity starting to color the stunning bouquet of pear, delicious apple, brioche, complex, limestone minerality, toasted almond, orange zest, gentle smokiness and a lovely topnote of fresh nutmeg. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and utterly seamless, with its full-bodied format vivid and focused. The core is rock solid, the soil signature is exemplary and the finish is endless, electric and very complex. The wine is just now entering its plateau of maturity, where it should cruise along for decades and decades. One of the finest vintages of Comtes de Champagne I have ever had the pleasure to taste. (Drink between 2016-2060) (9/2016)

97 points Vinous
Taittinger’s 1996 Comtes de Champagne is another highlight. The flavors are only now beginning to show elements of complexity, a great sign for aging. Gently spiced and buttery notes suggest the 1996 is about to enter the early part of its maturity, where it is likely to stay for another decade or so. (AG) (10/2014)

Jancis Robinson
Deep straw. Very hedonistic development on the nose. And the intrinsic richness of this cuvée nicely overcomes the high acid of 1996. Broad and flattering. A little chewy and stolid. Robust rather than fine texture. 17.5/20 (6/2016)

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