2003 taittinger, comtes de champagne rose
Why We're Buying
Taittinger makes Comtes de Champagne Rosé from the best grapes. The Champagne house is so strict that it only makes the Champagne in exceptional years. The Rosé is transcendent upon arrival and only gets better with age.
Bright salmon-pink with a frothy mousse. Ripe strawberry, raspberry and honeyed apple on the nose, with a suave yeastiness and a floral pungency adding complexity. Broad, fleshy and deep, offering concentrated red fruit and apple flavors kissed by dusty minerals. Surprisingly elegant for a wine from this hot vintage, with excellent finishing lift and sappy persistence. Still, while this wine has a track record for aging, I'd drink mine sooner than later.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Rose Comtes de Champagne flows from the glass with layers of sweet, perfumed fruit. With some time in the glass, the wine fills out with superb elegance and precision. This generous, weighty Champagne is probably best enjoyed with food. As delicious as this is today, I would be tempted to age a few bottles in the cellar. Only the price is an obstacle. In 2003 the Comtes de Champagne Rose is 70% Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, which includes 12% still Pinot juice, and 30% Chardonnay from Cotes des Blancs, all from grand cru villages. This is Lot: L7377WA01600, disgorged November 19, 2007 Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Taittinger’s delicate, elegant style shows well in this beautifully balanced rosé. It moves towards very dry, giving flavors that are of pink grapefruit, along with toast and hazelnuts. The integration for such a relatively young wine is already there, and this is not a wine for aging—a reflection of the heat of the 2003 vintage. But for now, this is what a great rosé should be.