2014 Philipponnat 'Cuvée 1522' Grand Cru Extra Brut, Champagne, France (750ml)

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From the producer: 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 Aÿ and Dizy.

A blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir grapes come primarily from our historic Léon vineyard in Aÿ, and the Chardonnay from the Verzy vineyard. 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/L, which is just one third of the conventional dosage for a Brut Champagne.

Light gold in color. A fresh, expressive nose with aromas of almond and pear. The finish is spicy, with notes of pepper and chartreuse. Fresh and pure, with the spicy notes typical from the terroir of Ay. The finish is long, with toasted, green tea notes.

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