Wine of The Week – Mother’s Day Edition - Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne Rose’ – 94 Points

Mom deserves the very best and the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is certainly one of the very best. You may not recall, but 2006 in Montagne de Reims was a hot year, helping to produce stellar fruit. This Rose’ comprised of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay is aged about eight years on the lees, helping to create more complexity and creaminess. But the first thing you notice is the color - not pale pink or strawberry red - but more of a copper/salmon hue. Delicate pinpoint bubbles allow the strawberry, plum and pomegranate to fill the palate with youthful flavors. In the background this offers wild cherries, black currants with hints of fresh almonds, rhubarb and anise.  

The beautiful minerality, acidity and freshness give this a finesse and elegance one wants in a fine Champagne, while also allowing for diversity of food pairings, ageing potential and a clean, focused expression of what Reims does best.

Average Price:  $225/ 750ML
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair With: Oysters Rockefeller, Thyme and pepper crusted pork tenderloin, Lobster Thermidor.
Availability: Limited
Website: www.kobrandwineandspirits.com

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.