In May the FINE Champagne Magazine and Tastingbook selected the World’s Best Champagnes for 2015. This year rose’s triumph with the majestic Ruinart ‘Dom Ruinart Rosé’ 2002 claiming the title of the ‘Best Champagne for 2015’.
We have for a long time tried to get hold of the Comtes de Champage with age. Which has been a dilemma when the company historically had to improve the finances of the company as they sold a lot of Taittingers grapes to others. Whereupon also sold out almost everything they had in the cellars. Since 2002, however, Taittinger started to build a new reference oenothèque of Comtes de Champagne. Here we have a situation similar with Cristal. Buy everything you come across, and early. If you do not plan to pay quite a lot for your mature Comtes de Champagne, of course.
1982 TAITTINGER ‘COMTES de CHAMPAGNE’ | 100CH | aprox €345 | RJpoints 93(93)
TASTINGNOTE‘From start an overwhelming, rich, romantic, and euphoric Champagne. Bubbling mousse with that unique pearl-necklace formation. The generous buttery nose includes tons of exotic ripe fruit, red apples, coconut, and a nutty complexity. The sweetness is tangible in the juicy taste. Creamy, fat, full bodied, buttery, and wonderfully long. The wine melts in the mouth like ice cream and runs down the throat like nectar.’
Drinks Business together with Intangible Business, the Drinks Business Power Brands Report sees the world’s most influential wine and spirits brands pitted against each other to determine the world’s most powerful brands in the world of Champagne & sparkling wiines.
1. Moët & Chandon
2. Veuve Clicquot
3. Dom Pérignon
5. Laurent Perrier & Martini Asti
7. Martini Sparkling
9. Nicholas Feuillatte & Taittinger
The yearly result of FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s annual classification of ‘100 Best Champagnes’ has been published. In 2010 the title was given to Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV, 2011 to Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002, 2012 to Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000, 2013 to Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000.
In 2014, for the first time in this classification’s history FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE vote went to a rosé champagne, the magnificent Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002. This year FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE also awarded three honorary awards for mature Library Vintages, exceeding 15 years of age. FINE CHAMPAGNE MAGAZINE’s TOP 3 Library Vintages were Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996, Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves Grand Siècle Magnum NV and Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995. Why don’t You compare the results with Champagne Clubs list from The Juhlin tasting 2014. The major difference is that our tasting is based upon the 100 best cuvée préstige from the top 50 growers and the top 50 houses. And only champagne that are available on the market at the moment. Read about our top-ranking here. In our tasting there were no rosés or single vineyard champagnes. Only Cuvée préstige …
TOP 10 Champagnes for 2014
1 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002
2 Dom Pérignon 2004
3 Louis Roederer Cristal 2002
4 Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV
5 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
6 Henriot Rosé Millésime 2005
7 Krug Grande Cuvée NV
8 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2000
9 Krug Vintage Brut 2000
10 Pol Roger Vintage 2002
Library Vintages Honorary Awards 2014
1 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996
2 Laurent-Perrier Les Réserves de Grand Siècle Magnum NV
3 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995