68% PN / 29% Ch/ 3% PM
Disgorged Jan ‘22
Nice golden colour. Nose muted at the beginning with some shy pear, a whiff of shortbread, grated lemon peel. Very clear & pure.
On the palate this shows a lovely creamy mouthfeel with super fine froth, the acidity (non dosé) keeping the wine fresh and lively. I love the structure & the vibrancy paired with the creaminess. There’s not much fruit here, a hint of yellow pear & yellow plum, but a solid mineral backbone.
This is much better from a large glass vs a flute and works really well with food.
Much more a proper wine vs just a bubbly. Complex & quite serious. — 3 months ago
Champagne Spatlese and you’d never know. 30 grams of dosage! Nose is highly complex and aromatic with stunning toastiness. Some ripe peaches and citrus as well. Really captivating nose. Also an intriguing earthy scent. Palate has some sweetness but man is this masterful for the style. Gorgeous fruit, kiss of sweetness and awesome purity. Red cherries, nice acids, nice density. Not for everyone but I love it. Really energetic, linear and delineated. — a year ago
A truly beautiful pale copper robe with effusive perlage and effervescence. Smelling this is an experience unto itself. The nose is intense with aromas of brown sugar, honeysuckle, and streaks of honey. Apples sprinkled with cinnamon and delicious baked bread. Cherries and cream with a dollop of mint. It just keeps going. A little aged cheese with dried earth just for good measure.
Named for the year that the Philipponnant family arrived in the village of Ay and still going strong, year in and year out. 70/30 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, all from Grand Cru plots and first press juice. Aged for 8 years sur lie and disgorged in February of 2020 with an extra brut dosage of 4.5 g/l. Another case of an outstanding 2012 champagne, one that can last for years and years.
Racy acidity that does calm down over time with terrific structure and balance. A really nice level of complexity and drama here. The palate mirrors the nose with apples and honey with fresh cinnamon bread. Really quite vinous in nature, as well. An exciting and contemplative champagne from a prestigious house. I could drink this everyday.
— 4 months ago