92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): "(100% pinot noir, disgorged June 2021, 4.5 g/L). There are touches of both petrol and toasty yeast to the white orchard fruit, citrus and soft spice wisps. The full-bodied and impressively complex flavors are shaped by a firm and generous if not especially refined effervescence on the dry, clean and sneaky long finish. This is a full-on champagne that is already drinking well though I underscore that it could easily be held for 3 to 5 years for those who might wish to see more depth develop. Drink: now+. (Apr 2022)"
Producer notes: "An outstanding demonstration of Philipponnat’s consummate expertise in blending and vinifying Pinot Noir. First press juice from exclusively Premier and Grand Cru plots. 100% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and our vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay and Avenay-Val-d’Or. 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. Extra brut dosage (4.25 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity. Aging: Aged for five to seven years to develop maximum complexity and to highlight the secondary and tertiary aromas which are the hallmark of extended aging on lees. Tasting Notes: Bright, pink gold in colour, with persistent and generous froth. Nose: Luscious and fruit-driven with notes of pastry with fresh pear, almond and cinnamon. Mouth: The palate is creamy and round with notes of praline, caramel and apricot jam. The finish is fresh with spicy hints of cinnamon and clove. A sunny wine, very representative of the year."
|SubRegion||Côte des Blancs|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||100% Pinot Noir|