This bottle is continuing my recent exploration of Champagne Philipponnat, and I’m pleased to report it is also pretty serious. It is a blend heavy in Pinot Noir with a low dosage (the sugar added at bottling), and it’s a beautifully savoury, gastronomic fizz.
Champagne Philipponnat ‘Cuvee 1522′ Grand Cru 2000
60% Ay Pinot Noir; 40% Grand Cru Cotes de Blancs Chardonnay. 4 g/litre dosage, disgorged July 2007. Tightly aromatic with savoury toast and herb nose. Very fine and quite vinous. The palate is savoury, complex, taut and focused with pithy, toasty, citrussy depth and a hint of warm nuttiness, as well as fresh acidity. Lovely purity and complexity: a youthful, powerful wine with a lovely future ahead of it. 95/100 (UK agent Les Caves de Pyrene)