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Philipponnat "Cuvee 1522" Extra Brut Champagne 2007 (Champagne, France) - [JS 92] [WS 93]
Philipponnat "Cuvee 1522" Extra Brut Champagne 2007 (Champagne, France) - [JS 92] [WS 91]


 
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Winery: Philipponnat
Varietal: 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: PHILIPPONNATCUVEE1522BRUT07-W
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Winery Notes:
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, Apvril le Philipponnat, who from 1522 owned vines in “Le Léon”, between Ay and Dizy.

Winemaker's Notes:
"2007 is an exceptional vintage marked by an early harvest thanks to a particularly mild winter and warm spring. The grape harvest started in late August in sunny summer weather, yielding generous, high quality clusters. This vintage is notable for its magnificent aging potential."

The Blend:
About 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir comes from our vineyard at “Le Léon” in Ay, and the Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger.

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.

Aging:
Aged for eight years. After this time, the freshness is still apparent, but the benefit of aging on lees has reached full potential.

Tasting Notes:
Deep, bright gold in colour. Fine bubbles form a persistent ring. The nose is initially expressive and open, mingling generous notes of warm bread and honey. A superb richness comes through in notes of honey, caramelised mirabelle plums and a hint of vanilla. The finish is tangy, which is typical of this vintage.

Pairing:
The very dry character of this extra brut cuvée makes it a superb accompaniment to seafood and poached or grilled fish. 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. However, it should not be paired with sweet and sour or sugary dishes. Cuvée 1552 is wonderfully full-bodied, making it an excellent champagne to accompany haute cuisine. 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 aging, Cuvée 1522 can be kept for at least ten years in a cool and dark place, to develop in roundness and complexity.


Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This shows lovely balance and integration, with the fine, lacy mousse carrying savory notes of sliced almond and fleur de sel, layered with baked apple, lemon curd and honeycomb accents. Fresh and focused on the chalky finish. Disgorged August 2016. Drink now through 2027. 900 cases made." –AN (2017)

92 Points - James Suckling:

"This was disgorged in May 2016 and has a savory, richer feel to it with dried spiced-cherry fruits, woody notes and hints of chocolate on the nose. The palate has a bold and flavorsome core with yellow-plum and dried-cherry flavors before finishing with ripe tannins. Drink now. A blend of 65% pinot noir and 35% chardonnay." – JS (Oct 7th, 2016)

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