Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut Rosé NV
The intensity, boldness and flavorful elegance of rosé Champagne in the distinctive richness of Philipponnat’s craft
Champagne Blend, Chardonnay, Other Varietals, Pinot Noir
Champagne, Rosé Wine
Non Vintage (NV)
Formal Entertainment, Indulgence
|Critics Top Rating
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 ones, 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 Royal Réserve goes back to the ancestors of the Philipponnat family, vineyard owners, wine-merchants and winemakers, suppliers to Louis XIV, magistrates and Royal Mayors of Ay. The essential characteristics of the Mareuil sur-Ay terroir, where mainly Pinot Noir grapes are grown, are predominant in this cuvée. It offers a superb balance between structure, vinosity and a long finish.
Blend: 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier. First press juice of mainly Grand and Premier Crus grapes from the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area.
Vintage: Reserve wines (25 to 30% of the blend) are aged in wooden barrels using the solera system to incorporate older wines without losing freshness.
Vinification: Vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation. Partial malolactic fermentation and some of the wines aged in casks to allow the aromas to develop complexity. Still red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes from Mareuil-sur-Ay and Riceys is obtained by maceration and 7 to 8% is added to obtain a delicately coloured rosé with a very definite fruity taste.
Dosage: Moderate (9 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness, fruitiness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity.
Aging: Aged on the lees in the House’s cellars at a constant temperature of 12°C for three years, far longer than the legal minimum requirement of 15 months.
To the eye: Salmon pink in colour with coppery glints. Delicate, creamy and lingering froth.
With the nose: The first nose reveals summer berries with notes of cherry and wild strawberry. Notes of citrus and grapefruit peel develop with time.
With the mouth: The attack is elegant and pure. Full and ample on the palate, with good acidity and a light astringency that brings out the fruitiness.
Food pairing: As an aperitif, served chilled but not ice-cold (9°C). Enhances smoked fish and meats (ham, bacon) or pink meat (veal, lamb). An ideal complement to summer berry desserts, either served plain or as a soup.
Storage: To be enjoyed young to appreciate its full fruitiness. Royale Réserve Rosé will also age magnificently for several years thanks to the expertise employed in blending it.
Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
This Champagne is full and fruity, with hints of maturity as well as perfumed acidity. The red-berry fruits have a light structure while showing elegance. The aftertaste dwells on fruitiness. Drink now.
James Suckling – 91 points
10 Jul, 2015 – ‘Quite a bold style here that is driven by three-quarters pinot noir, this has spicy red berry fruit aromas, some flinty reduction and savory, toasty autolysis notes. The palate’s crisp, playful and carries plenty of sweet, ripe red fruit flavor. Assertive. Drink now.’
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 90 points
‘The new release of Philipponnat’s NV Brut Rosé Royale Réserve is based on the 2014 vintage, with the addition of 30% reserve wines, and it was disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage in September 2018. Bursting with aromas of cherries, raspberries, apples and cut flowers, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, with a broad but crisp core of fruit, ripe acids and delicately phenolic structure, concluding with good length on the finish.’