Producer notes: "100% grands crus; 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. 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: This cuvée is enhanced, and its original freshness preserved by eight years ageing on lees. Expressive and indulgent nose revealing notes of stewed fruit leading into aromas of caramel, toasted brioche and acacia honey, and ending with hints of vanilla on the finish. Rich and generous, it expresses spicy touches of turmeric and fruit-driven notes of apricot and yellow peach. The finish is long and fresh, with light notes of acacia blossom."
Not yet professionally reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast: "This grand cru wine is named in celebration of the date of the Philipponnat family's arrival in the village of Aÿ. It is a mature blend of 70% Pinot Noir with Chardonnay, proportions that are typical of this producer on the Montagne de Reims. Rich, lightly toasty with green-apple and pear flavors, the wine is ready to drink. Alcohol 12%."
|SubRegion||Côte des Blancs|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.|