Philipponnat

Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra-Brut 2015

R1,850

An outstanding demonstration of Philipponnat’s consummate expertise in blending and vinifying Pinot Noir

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Description

Description

 

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Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Champagne Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Producer

Philipponnat

Product Type

Champagne

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Champagne

Critics Top Rating

95 points

Story

Story

Based in Mareuil sur Ay, in Montagne de Reims, Philipponnat holds a long history tracing back to 1522, and at some stage supplied the King of France Louis XIV.

Their approach is based on their exceptional Terroir, enabling them great maturity to deliver flavourful, powerful and well-balanced Champagne. The house is one of the most prestigious of Champagne, ranked as #18 most admired brand by Drinks Business Magazine in 2019. To many, the house remains one of the best kept secret in Champagne!

Specifications

Specifications

The blend First press juice from exclusively Premier and Grand Cru plots. 100% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and our vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Ay and Avenay-Val-d’Or.

Vinification Vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation. Partial malolactic fermentation for the wines in vats and vinification without malolactic fermentation for the wines in wooden barrels. Extra brut dosage (4.25 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity

Ageing Aged for five to seven years to develop maximum complexity and to highlight the secondary and tertiary aromas which are the hallmark of extended aging on lees.

It was clear since the summer that 2015 was going to be an exceptional vintage, in the sense of being different from the classic vintages. A relatively cool spring indicated that the grapes would be harvested on the usual dates, in the third week of September, which was indeed the case.
However, there was no forewarning of an extremely dry summer, the driest in decades, accompanied by exceptionally sunny weather.
The vineyard was therefore in the relatively rare position, in the Champagne region, of suffering strong water stress until early September, when some welcome rainfall arrived to boost the vines’ metabolisms and ensure satisfactory ripening. In our sectors of Mareuil-sur-Ay, Ay and Avenay-Val-d’Or, the harvest then took place in totally dry conditions, with the rains at the end of September only affecting us in the evening of the final day. In the majority of our south-facing vineyards, yields were moderate to low, providing optimal concentration. Grape maturity was far higher than average, without reaching extremes: between 11 and 12% potential alcohol in the Clos des Goisses, and 10.5 to 11% elsewhere.

 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

To the eye Bright, pink gold in colour, with persistent and generous froth.

With the nose Luscious and fruit-driven with notes of pastry with fresh pear, almond and cinnamon.

With the mouth The palate is creamy and round with notes of praline, caramel and apricot jam. The finish is fresh with spicy hints of cinnamon and clove. A sunny wine, very representative of the year.

 

Pairing Chicken tagine with apricots and almonds. Enhances terrines and foie gras.

Serve chilled at 8 to 9°C as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.

Storing After being cellar-aged for several years, Blanc de Noirs can be kept for at least five years and even longer in the right conditions (a cool, dark cellar).

Critics ratings

Critics ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 95 points

This producer’s location and vineyards on the Montagne de Reims mean it is very much a Pinot Noir house. Full and concentrated, this Champagne sums up the richness possible from the grape. It is dry, textured and ready to age further. Drink from 2023.


 Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 93 points (2014)

Disgorged in May 2020 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs is lovely, unwinding in the glass with scents of crisp yellow apples, white flowers and honey mingled with hints of wheat toast and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, chiseled and intense, it’s more incisive than the richer, more muscular 2012, with tangy acids and a chalky finish.

As I’ve written before, Charles Philipponnat took the reins at this historic house in Mareuil-sur-Ay in 1999, initiating a remarkable renaissance that continues to this day. The flagship wine remains the Clos des Goisses, first produced in 1935: this steep, south-facing site is one of Champagne’s ripest terroirs and produces what is arguably the region’s longest-lived wine; it’s the source of many of the greatest old Champagnes that I’ve ever tasted. And I suspect his experience with the Clos des Goisses informs Charles Philipponnat’s pursuit of elevated maturity, his decision to generally block malolactic fermentation and his minimalist approach to dosage. Recent years have seen a new series of lieu-dit bottlings from within the Clos des Goisses, taking the idea of terroir Champagne that this house pioneered back in 1935 even further. And in the last few years, the “L.V.”—or “Long Vieillissement”—range has formalized Philipponnat’s already extant late-disgorgement program. All these recent releases come warmly recommended.

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