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Through the lens of time: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Charles Curtis MW revisits back vintages of Taittinger’s prestige cuvée to find that although many were still excellent and high-scoring, a lot can change in the life of an old wine in the five years since Decanter's previous report.

I have long been a fan of Comtes de Champagne and have attended several vertical tastings. I recently convinced a number of New York-based collectors to pool their resources and stage another at the two-star Michelin Aquavit in New York City.

Scroll down to see Charles Curtis MW’s tasting notes and scores for 21 vintages of Comtes de Champagne

The results were intriguing, particularly in comparison to the report in these pages five years ago by Christelle Guibert, who attended a vertical drawn from the collection of Marina Olsson of the tasting group Gomseglet Wine & Champagne Connoisseurs and warmly praised some of the older vintages, scoring them highly, though with a few caveats in her notes.

It was fascinating to see how those have changed over the intervening years. Of course, both tastings were from private collections, if extremely reputable ones, rather than the Taittinger cellar.

But first, some history.

Charles Curtis MW’s Comtes de Champagne tasting notes and scores:

The wines below were tasted by Charles Curtis MW from private collections. Tasting notes from the previous private collection tasting can be found by clicking through to each wine.

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