Up until last week, Taittinger had only released 35 vintages since its first cuvée in 1952. Now that number has gone up to 36 as its 2007 vintage joins the preeminent ranks.
Made only when the harvest is deemed to be of exceptional quality, the Chardonnay grapes used are solely grown in the top Côtes des Blancs vineyards classified as Grand Cru, namely, Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger.
It’s also the last vintage to be released by Loic Dupont, Taittinger’s chef de caves, who retires later this year following over 30 years of winemaking at the champagne maison.
‘This great 2007 vintage lives up to all expectations as soon as you open the bottle,’ said Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. ‘It is the second vintage made during my presidency.
It may seem like a while back now, but, for those that can recall, 2007 was a mild winter and kicked off with warm temperatures until awful weather hit the Champagne region. When things finally warmed up, the harvest started very late, but the Chardonnay grapes that year were delicate and clear, and their citrus and white-fruit aromas showed great potential.
Tattinger’s Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs only uses the first grape press and 5% of its makeup comes from wines matured for four months in fresh oak barrels.
The maison describes its 2007 vintages as vibrant, with a combination of lemon and saltiness rounded off by a long-lasting, crisp finish with hints of salted butter.
Cellar master Alexandre Ponnavoy, who has been working alongside Dupont at Taittinger for the last three years, will be overseeing future vintages of this wine.