Philipponnat

Philipponnat Grand Blanc Grand Cru Extra-Brut 2014

R1,550

A vintage Grand Cru Champagne – pure blend of Chardonnay from the best chalk terroirs in the Champagne winegrowing region under the craft of Philipponnat.

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Champagne Blend, Chardonnay

Producer

Philipponnat

Product Type

Champagne

Vintage

2014

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Champagne

Critics Top Rating

94 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!

Grand Blanc, blended exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, is a remarkable exception in Philipponnat’s range of wines, the House’s hallmark being the Pinot Noir grape. This is a unique opportunity to discover another facet of the House’s style in the shape of a fine, moderately dosed blanc de blancs.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend: 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs First press juice from exclusively Premier and Grand Cru plots

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. An elegant wine that preserves a balance between freshness, floral aromas and vinosity. Extra brut dosage (4.25 g/litre) to preserve its original purity and distinction.

Aging: Aged for six to eight years to develop greater complexity and highlight the secondary and tertiary aromas which are the hallmark of extended lees aging in the bottle, also referred to as second fermentation or “prise de mousse”.

2014 : 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, delicate creamy froth.

With the nose – Open, expressive nose in which delicate aromas of white flowers mingle with with notes of bergamot.

With the mouth – Fresh and expressive, with citrus notes again in evidence along with tropical flavours of passion fruit. The finish is mineral and elegant.

Pairing – Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany fish and shellfish like prawns and lobster, whether poached or served with white butter sauce.

Serve at 6 to 8° C as an aperitif or 9 to 11° C to accompany a meal.

Storing Grand Blanc can be kept for at least five years. It will gain in roundness if kept in the right conditions in a cool dark cellar.

Critics ratings

Critics ratings

James Suckling – 94 points

’19 Jul, 2018 – Very fragrant chardonnay here, offering white flowers, sweet smelling honey, almond nougat, lemons and peaches. The palate is very crisp, very focused and long with brioche flavor and a finely layered texture. Some chalky lemons and peaches to close. Drink now or hold.’


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 93 points

‘Disgorged in September 2018 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Extra Brut Grand Blanc is composed of vins clairs matured in barrel with blocked malolactic and vins clairs matured in tank that were allowed to complete malolactic. Exhibiting aromas of lemon oil, warm bread, hazelnut cream, wet stones and smoke, it’s medium to full-bodied, ample and nicely concentrated, with a racy spine of acidity, a fine mousse and delicately chalky structure, concluding with a long and pure finish.’

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