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Jun 18, 2013 02:12 PM

Blanc de Blancs Champagne in the $150 range to pair with seafood - which would you pick?

I have a $50 K&L gift card and I'm looking to splurge on a vintage blanc de blancs in the $150 range to pair with a lobster dinner over July 4th weekend. Which would you chose and why:

2002 Taittinger "Comtes de Champagne" Brut Blanc de Blancs


1999 Billecart-Salmon "Blanc de Blancs" Brut Champagne

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  1. I've sampled both bottles before but my memory is foggy. I seem to recall the Taittinger being chalky and bitter on the finish. Perhaps it was just the bottle I'd bought, but I don't think my wife enjoyed it very much. The '99 Billecart-Salmon seems like a safe bet... I'm just curious as to what other think?

    1. This is not exactly my territory, but I have always known Billecart-Salmon's forte to be rosé champagnes.

      Moreover, Taittinger Comtes is one of the greats. So I'd go with the Taittinger.

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      1. re: collioure

        Thanks, I've never tried Billecart-Salmon's BdB (only their rosés) but I've heard great things and it seems to score highly, though underperforming Taittinger. I had bought a bottle of the 2002 Comtes last winter but if memory serves, my experience was not really on par with most of the rave feedback and scores on it. It may have just been a weak bottle though. I wonder if it would be too dry for a lobster boil.

      2. After reading through the high ratings and tasting reviews on cellartracker, I've opted for the Taittinger afterall.

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        1. re: OliverB

          The general opinion would be strongly in favor of the Comtes. It's typically the better wine and the 02 vintage is an excellent vintage as compared to good for 99. The rub is that IMO Comtes needs more age than most BdB and an 02 is probably not quite peaking. The Comtes also must be $40+ more than the B-S.

          1. re: john gonzales

            Thanks John,

            It was indeed priced approx. $35 higher but at this price point (once spending a significant amount) it's negligible anyway in terms of value for quality. I'm sure the Comtes would be much more interesting with another 5 to 10 years added to it, but within this price range, it seemed to be the best bottle available. Glad I made the right choice!

        2. Not even close... the 2002 Taittinger, a truly great year, one of the best of the past 25. .

          Also want to complement you on your pairing choice! Work some cream, butter, and garlic into your dishes, it will be an etheral match.

          1. fwiw, my favorite Blanc de blanc Champagne is Ruinart. :)

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            1. re: ChefJune

              ....and the 2002 Ruinart Brut (which is BdB) out now is a very tasty version.