Philipponnat

Philipponnat Cuvee 1522 Grand Cru Extra-Brut 2014

R2,495

Tribute to a parcel of Grand Cru vineyard owned since 1522, this Vintage cuvée is a perfect balance of intensity, freshness and lingering finish under the master craft of Philipponnat – the best kept secret in Champagne!

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Champagne Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Producer

Philipponnat

Product Type

Champagne

Vintage

2014

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Champagne

Critics Top Rating

97 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!

The name of Cuvée 1522 is a tribute to the year when the Philipponnat family settled in the village of Ay, in the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area. The family’s ancestors can be traced back in time through the House archives right back to the first, Avril le Philipponnat, who from 1522 owned vines in “Le Léon”, between Ay and Dizy.

Specifications

Specifications

The blend 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir grapes come primarily from our historic Léon vineyard in Ay, and the Chardonnay from the Verzy vineyard.

Vinification A portion of the wines are vinified in wooden barrels without malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s freshness, allowing it to develop complexity. Both ample and tangy, this cuvée is eminently suitable for low dosage: extra brut with only 4.25 g/litre, which is just one third of the conventional dosage for a brut Champagne.

Ageing This cuvée is enhanced, and its original freshness preserved by eight years ageing on lees.

2014, a year with chaotic weather and full of surprises. A mild and rainy autumn and winter were followed by a superb spring, warm, dry and sunny, leading to a very early bud break. Summer was particularly rainy and temperatures were
autumnal by the end of August. Considering the rainy weather, grape soundness was satisfactory, notably with very low levels of grey rot, and no powdery or downy mildew on the clusters. The year was unusual in that sour rot and spotted wing drosophila appeared in certain sectors. Due to fast picking and strict sorting during the harvest, the quality of our intake was very sound with a fairly exceptional average weight of clusters. The harvest took place from 13 to 25 September 2014.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

To the eye Light gold in colour.

With the nose A fresh, expressive nose with aromas of almond and pear. The finish is spicy, with notes of pepper and chartreuse.

With the mouth Fresh and pure, with the spicy notes typical from the terroir of Ay. The finish is long, with toasted, green tea notes.

 

Pairing A superb accompaniment to seafood and poached or grilled fish due to the very dry character of this extra brut cuvée. Its dryness contrasts well with the fattiness of poultry such as capon. An even bolder match can be made with caviar or very spicy dishes such as an Indian tandoori. Cuvée 1522 is wonderfully full-bodied, making it an  excellent Champagne to accompany meals. Sweet or sweet and sour dishes should, however, be avoided.

Serve chilled but not too cold, around 8 to 9°C as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.

Storing After optimal cellar ageing, Cuvée 1522 can be kept for at least ten years in a cool, dark place and will continue to develop in roundness and complexity.

 

Critics ratings

Critics ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 97 points

This Champagne produced from Grand Cru grapes is rich, the Pinot Noir shining with its structure and ripe white fruits. Because of the low dosage, the wine’s acidity is prominent, so it will be worth giving it more time. Drink from 2022.


 Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 94 points

Disgorged in March 2021 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, Philipponnat’s 2014 Extra-Brut Grand Cru Cuvée 1522 exhibits aromas of crisp yellow apples, stone fruit, buttery pastry and citrus oil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly vinous, with a layered core of fruit, bright girdling acids and a seamless profile, it’s beautifully balanced and should age with considerable grace. As I’ve written before, this cuvée derives its name from the year in which the Philipponnat family settled in Ay, and it’s intended to foreground the virtues of the wines of that village.

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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