2002, Taittinger, Comtes Champagne

Champagne, France
White

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 98

Drinking Dates: 2019-2040

Critic: Dr. William Kelley

Tasted: 30-Aug-2019

The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is beginning to drink very well, wafting from the glass with a brilliant bouquet that mingles aromas of pear, citrus confit and dried fruits with notions of marzipan, brioche, oyster shell and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a layered and multidimensional core, considerable concentration and a long, penetrating finish. Racy and precise though the wine is, this is a somewhat broader, richer rendition of Comtes than the compelling 2008 that preceded it in this tasting, but it's hard to choose between the two in terms of quality.