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The Best of the Best 2003: International White Wines - 1995 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

Anthony Dias Blue

Taittinger vineyards, with approximately 600 acres of vines, are among the most extensive in Champagne. The holdings include significant Chardonnay vineyards, and the predominance of Chardonnay in the cuvées contributes to Taittinger’s delicate, fresh, house style. Taittinger named its tête-de-cuvée (which comes in a Rosé version as well as this Blanc de Blancs) for the illustrious Thibaud IV, Comte de Champagne, who planted the first Chardonnay vines in France in the 13th century.

The 1995 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, one of the best vintages in the last 50 years, has a lush, toasty nose that promises—and delivers—opulent, plush fruit on the palate, with gorgeous balance and sublime depth. No best list would be complete without a truly great Champagne, the world’s benchmark celebratory wine, and this one has it all.

Kobrand, 212.692.4687; $150

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