1999 was notable for its higher than average temperatures . The winter was rather mild and the following spring started off very warm and then became rainy. Thanks to favourable weather conditions, flowering
began around mid-June. The exceptionally sunny weather at the end of August, which followed a hot, dry summer, provided the necessary conditions for a perfect ripening.
The grape harvest began in sunshine and continued under persistent rain. The alcohol-acidity combination produced wines from the 1999 vintage which were, pure and mature. The Chardonnays have the floral characteristics of great vintages and the Pinot Noirs are not only fine but also have robust, release berry flavours.
The 1999 vintage could be compared to the 1982 or 1988 vintages
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 1999 was produced in the cellars of the thirteenth century Saint-Nicaise Abbey in Reims. The greatest care is taken at every stage of production. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is only produced when all the conditions, essential to its unique style, are met
:The harvest must be of exceptional quality and worthy of vintage champagne.
It is made exclusively from white Chardonnay grapes (100% grands crus) from the most renowned vineyards of the te des Blancs.
Only wines from the first pressing (La Cuvee) are used. This guarantees the wines finesse.
5% of the wines used in the blend are aged in new oak barrels (one third of which are r