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2013 Taittinger Comtes De Champagne

Taittinger released their 2013 Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs at the back end of 2023 and the GVWM tasting team think it is absolutely fabulous. We were hugely impressed.

At the launch event hosted by Clovis Taittinger, we met Sean Connery's granddaughter, Saskia, and we were able to get more closely acquainted with the new vintage. We can confirm that it really is one of the best vintages of Comtes that we have tasted thus far.

‘Comtes’ is one of our very  favourite tête de cuvée Champagnes, and has a strong following. Made exclusively from Chardonnay, it is an amazing example of precision, purity and breath-taking energy.  Between us we have tasted most vintages back to 1973, and the wines develop incredible complexity with age, whilst they can also be enjoyed in their exuberant youth.

Taittinger only produce their prestige Blanc de Blancs in the very best vintages and ‘Comtes’ is made from grapes grown in the five villages of the Côte des Blancs classified as Grands Crus: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. Described as the most perfect expression of the Taittinger house style, only 39 vintages have been produced since the first cuvée in 1952.
In 2013 Spring arrived late after a particularly long and cold winter, while April was exceptionally hot, dry and sunny with over 800 hours of sunshine – unprecedented in Champagne country. The grapes were slow to ripen, which is why this was one of the last vintages harvested in October. The result, after a 10 year wait, is an absolutely sumptuous Champagne, which is rich, and yet wonderfully fresh and mineral. Superb.

...and a note on one of Taittinger's greatest heroes - James Bond. The Taittinger family have had a long standing relationship with the Connerys, hence Saskia attending the launch event. Sean Connery, as Bond, drank Taittinger Comtes in From Russia With Love. Subsequent Bonds have switched allegiance over the years, as alternative champagne houses have vied for the promotional rights, but Taittinger was the original, and a favourite of Ian Fleming.

In the book Casino Royale, Bond sits down to dinner with Vespa Lynd:

"If you agree," said Bond, "I would prefer to drink champagne with you tonight. It is a cheerful wine and it suits the occasion - I hope, "he added.

With is finger on the page, Bond turned to the sommelier, "The Taittinger 45?"

"A fine wine, Monsieur," said the sommelier. "But if Monsieur will permit," he pointed with his pencil, "the Blanc de Blancs Brut 1943 of the same marque is without equal."

Bond smile. "So be it."

"That is not a well-known brand," Bond explained to his companion, "but it is probably the finest champagne in the world."

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