Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Brut 1996

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97 points John Gilman
The 1996 Comtes de Champagne continues to drink beautifully, with the nose and palate now starting to really blossom nicely and the well-integrated chassis of the vintage’s acidity providing precision and lift on the backend. The bouquet is starting to transition into maturity, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of apple, pear, a touch of orange zest, salty minerality, brioche and a delicate topnote of nutskin. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with racy acids, a lovely core of fruit, fine mineral drive, pinpoint bubbles and a very long, very refined finish. A great bottle of Comtes that is still in climbing mode, but getting closer to its apogee. (Drink between 2019-2060) (6/2019)
97 points Vinous
Taittinger’s 1996 Comtes de Champagne is another highlight. The flavors are only now beginning to show elements of complexity, a great sign for aging. Gently spiced and buttery notes suggest the 1996 is about to enter the early part of its maturity, where it is likely to stay for another decade or so. (AG) (10/2014)

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