Taittinger’s 2002 Comtes de Champagne (magnum) is one of the greatest Champagnes ever made. In magnum, it is especially explosive and heady, not to mention superb alongside Daniel Humm’s hors d’oeuvres, where the brilliance of the wine plays off the flavors and textures of the food brilliantly. What a great way to start this dinner.
Pale greenish straw. Quite a different colour from the vintage 2002 – paler. Lacy reductive nose. Distinctly smoky. Very readable and perfect, fine Chardonnay – richer and more powerful than the 2004.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030