2007 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne France
This great 2007 vintage lives up to all expectations as soon asyou open the bottle. It is a moment to treasure. That typicalChardonnay color is there in all its sparkling, golden glorywith shimmers of green coating the constant stream of fine,delicate bubbles. It has a fine and delicate nose which combineswhite blossom and a certain minerality with general overtonesof Anjou light pear and golden raisins. Subtle hints of aniseedand smoky flavors follow this suggestion of fruit. The tasteis vibrant, with a combination of lemon and saltiness. This isimmediately followed by a sensation of complex, yet mellowfreshness creating the perfect balance between ripeness anda full-rounded flavor. It is rounded off by a long-lasting, crispfinish with hints of salted butter. This elegant wine lives up to itsreputation with its freshness, strength, minerality and mellowfruitiness. Its freshness encapsulates a certain moment in timeand promises interesting cellaring potential.
Rated 98 Points Tasting Panel
A stunningly beautiful wine with seductive aromas and precise, refined flavors; bright, crisp, and exceptionally long, it shows purity and finesse.
Rated 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 with lemon zest, green apples and hints of white peaches. Just the right amount of praline and nuts on the nose. Fine and tight bead give the Champagne a luxurious mouthfeel. One for now or the cellar.
Rated 97 Points Wine Enthusiast
Always one of the great Champagnes, this comes from a year that is generally regarded as good but not great. And yet, with this Champagne is magnificent. The wine has some good bottle age, hinting at toast while also keeping the tight, mineral edge of a great wine from the Côte des Blancs. Drink from 2020.
Rated 95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne continues to show very well, and it hasn't evolved appreciably since I last tasted it a few months ago. Revealing a pretty bouquet of lemon oil, lily pollen, dried white flowers, blanched almonds and crushed chalk, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and tensile, with excellent depth at the core, racy acids and a pure, precise and notably chalky finish. Tight-knit without being austere, it's a very classically balanced middleweight Comtes that has a long future ahead of it.
Rated 94 Points Wine & Spirits
An intriguing 2007, this is 100 percent chardonnay from grand cru sites in the Côte des Blancs, a small portion aged in oak barrels, the blend then aged ten years on the lees. Over that time, it developed mature tones of bottle age that add to its vibrant freshness. It’s a grand wine with floral notes of beeswax and nutty tones of yeast autolysis.
Rated 93 Points Wine Spectator
Elegant and toasty, with a firm backbone of acidity structuring the brioche, lemon zest, poached apricot and spun honey flavors as they ride the lacy bead. Grated ginger and chalk notes detail the lively finish. Drink now through 2028.
Rated 92 Points Decanter
Sunny, floral, citrusy expression, with elegant creamy white fruit on lightly textured and finely drawn palate: true Blanc de Blancs finesse.