Very lively bead indeed. Very sumptuous nose seems eerily close to fine white Côte d'Or burgundy. Still tight and very glamorous. Really classy and explosive. Hugely promising. There is delicacy and charm here. 19/20 points, Jancis Robinson (UK).
The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. 97+ points, Antonio Galloni (VinousMedia.com).
The 2006 brings back all the wonder of classic Comtes, the innocence of a joyful childhood, a free-as-air dash through endless blue daylight and a breathless plunge into an icy mountain rock pool. A wine of coiled energy, focus and precision, it leads with lemon, lime, grapefruit, crunchy apple and pear. Then it drops back a gear, with a fleeting suggestion of pineapple that hints at the volume of the ripe 2006 season, yet not for a moment volunteering any secondary development. Magnificent tones of gunflint and grilled toast reduction linger through a finish of great focus and stamina. Its textural presence is mouth-embracing, permeating every crevice, masterfully uniting very fine phenolic grip with delightfully fine, frothing salt minerality that bores to the very core of the finest chalkfields of the Côte des Blancs. 97 points, Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide).
Sweet lemon, spiced biscuit, some apple and hazelnut. Light. Fine. Not too sweet. Delicate bubbles. Chardonnay flavour, not unsurprisingly, is pretty clear. Fine acidity, gentle subtle style. A smooth ride from front to back. Very easy to fall in love with. 95 points, Wine Front.
A great Champagne in the full bloom of its glory. It combines wonderful finesse with tremendous complexity. Lots of hazelnuts and creamy, bready yeast notes. Sheer beauty. A great wine. 98 points, Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.