The Champagne market has been going from strength to strength in recent years and in 2021 it out-performed all other wine sectors on the Liv-Ex indices. There has been a lot of excitement surrounding one brand in particular, regional powerhouse, Taittinger, and their exceptional Comtes de Champagne.
Dating back to 1734, when it was known as Forest-Fourneaux, owner Jacques Fourneaux worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. As such, the house is the third oldest Champagne producer in history and since 1932 has been under the watchful eye of the Taittinger family. Their Comtes de Champagne is only produced during exceptional vintages and represents quintessential house style, showcasing the very best of the family’s meticulous work for which they’re famed.
We’ve identified an excellent opportunity in Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 which currently offers the best value from the 2000s releases, as can be seen in the table below:
James Suckling calls the 2007 “a step up from the linear and fresh 2006” rating it a clear two points higher, yet, the 2007 is £220 less than the 2006!
Vinous’s Anotonio Galloni says, “the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002.” Again the 2007 offers substantial savings over the 2004 and 2002.
The Wine Advocate’s William Keely states that “Comtes is one of the most reliably age-worthy wines in Champagne, yet it continues to represent terrific value when compared to—frequently inferior—tête de cuvée bottlings from other Grandes Marques”. Offered at £725/6 IB, the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 currently looks undervalued when compared to other 95-point-scoring (WA) prestige Champagnes from the same vintage such as Cristal 2007 at £1300/6 and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2007 at £920/6.
In 2019, of the Comtes de Champagne 2007, William Keeley said “while it is giving pleasure today, to my palate, its plenitude is still five or six years away”, hinting at the tantalizing potential of more to come from this already exquisite wine.
We have a limited number of cases in stock and immediately available. Given the huge demand for top-flight champagne and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne in particular we expect these will not be around for long so don’t delay if you would like to order.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 6x75cl
£725 per case 6
95 points, William Keeley, The Wine Advocate
The 2007 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is an excellent but tightly wound rendition of this cuvée, offering up pretty aromas of brioche, lemon oil, lily pollen and dried white flowers, with comparatively few of the overtly toasty signatures that will likely emerge with more protracted time on cork. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure and incisive, with a refined mousse, tangy acids, a tensile core and a harmonious, integrated profile. While it is giving pleasure today, to my palate, its plenitude is still five or six years away; it’s certainly more backward than its 2006 predecessor. This was disgorged with nine grams dosage after just over nine years on the lees.
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Taittinger’s 2007 Comtes de Champagne will be nearly impossible to resist upon release. Soaring aromatics, mid-weight structure and soft contours give the 2007 its alluring personality. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint, chamomile and green pear add brightness and freshness throughout, with a persistent, clean finish that makes it impossible to resist a second taste. Today, the 2007 comes across as a slightly more open version of the 2004, with freshness that makes that wine so appealing, and a touch of textural richness that recalls the 2002. Although the 2007 does not have the explosive energy or verticality of the profound 2006, it will drink better earlier. The 2007 has been positively brilliant on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.
98 points, James Suckling
This is a step up from the linear and fresh 2006. It shows subtle depth and power with a dense block of vivid fruit that’s highlighted by lemon zest, green apples and hints of white peaches. Just the right amount of praline and nuts on the nose. The fine, tight bead provides a luxurious mouth feel. One for now or the cellar. Drink or hold
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