As most readers are probably aware, Champagne usually has some sugar added during the bottling process. It’s called the dosage, and it helps to balance the wine. For a typical Brut Champagne, this would be in the range of 10 g/litre. However, there’s a growing fashion for Non-Dose or Brut Nature Champagnes with no added sugar, even though this style is still only a tiny part of the market. Here’s a good one from Philipponnat.
Champagne Philipponnat Royale Reserve ND
This is a zero dosage style, based on the 2005 vintage with 28% of reserve wines, and mostly Pinot Noir. Disgorged October 2008; 12% alcohol. Yellow/gold colour. Aromatic, herby, gently toasty nose with some richness. The palate is fresh, bright and savoury with good acidity and subtly toasty citrus fruit character. Fresh and broad at the same time, this is a distinctive wine. Very fine, if tending towards the austere. 90/100 (UK agent Les Caves de Pyrene)
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