2002 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage Champagne, France.
Taittiner’s Tete Cuvee the marvelous Comtes de Champagne has long been regarded as one of the finest bubblies, but over the last decade not much has been said about it or is it getting the acclaim it surly deserves, though I suspect this new release will turn a few heads. The 2002 Vintage of Comtes de Champagne is right up there with the best, I have had many legends from this marque including the 1985, 1988 and the 1990, and I rate this 2002 right up there, this is without question a stunning Champagne with amazing class, elegance and life. The nose has citrus blossom, toast, nuts, truffle and mineral notes leading to a lovely tension filled palate of apple, pear, hazelnut, lemon and brioche with a great balance of acidity and richness. Look for fantastic rewards in aging here and while it is magical now it is a classic that needs a decade in the cellar. Collectors should jump on this sparkler, I’d say for sure this will be cherished investment, maybe more so than 2010 Bordeaux would be… Regardless, this was a treat to taste and I am grateful to Taittinger for the experience.
($200 Est.) 96+ Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($179)