Premiere – Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne’ 2012

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Richard Juhlin

Comtes de Champagne may not be the most famous prestige champagne, but in my opinion there is no better. Just a glimpse of the corpulent bottle with the light yellow label makes me burst into an enjoyable smile. The story behind the mythical wine dates back to 1240 when Thibaud IV, the Count of Champagne brought with him young vines of Chardonnay from Cyprus that came to mean so much to Champagne. 

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The year 2012 has proven to be an excellent Champagne vintage.This highly contrasting 2012 vintage was characterised by a succession of climatic events that made for particularly challenging conditions for the vines. A mild spell in February was followed by periods of frost in March and again in May with the added impact of hailstorms affecting multiple regions between April and July. Strong periods of sunshine then ensued, without excessive heat levels. This, coupled with low yields allowed for a rare level of maturity and led to the emergence of a harmonious and balanced Comtes de Champagne.

Vintage 2012 according to Taittinger

2012 Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne

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