1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

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LGTrotter
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1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Post by LGTrotter » 21:21 Thu 02 Jul 2015

I must be getting to the end of this stash. So refined, breadth and length on the palate, I wonder if the nose is getting a bit maderised, but I think not. Hay and sweet apples on the palate, soft and refined. The mousse is becoming a little coarse, but no matter, this is still living up to expectations. While I might suggest drinking up if you have a stack of this I am tempted to leave the last few as many years as I dare because it is still a great bottle. I have no other '98 champagne but if this is anything to go by the vintage is underrated.

Mid nineties score and deserving of a quote but I can't think of one right now.

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Re: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Post by AHB » 08:37 Fri 03 Jul 2015

Perhaps I can offer "Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane." One of my favourites.

Or EAB's favourite of "I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Post by griff » 09:30 Tue 07 Jul 2015

1998 was my go to vintage for a number of years. I have the Comtes at the top but I was also rather keen on Pol in all expressions. Moving onto 2008 as my next vintage to stock up on after brief but memorable flirtations with 2002 and 2004.

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Re: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Post by LGTrotter » 20:43 Tue 07 Jul 2015

griff wrote:1998 was my go to vintage for a number of years. I have the Comtes at the top but I was also rather keen on Pol in all expressions. Moving onto 2008 as my next vintage to stock up on after brief but memorable flirtations with 2002 and 2004.
I understood that the 98 was a bit of a B list vintage, but I found it a good un. I am still getting the odd half dozen of the 02s when they turn up, they are terrific, the 04 less so, Pol being shoddy and Billecart Salmon being good. I am thinking about the 05s at present... but only because that is what is around and cheaper at the moment, I have even been considering rosé, but I have no idea whether it will age. Any thoughts?

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