Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra-Brut 2018 (Champagne, France) - [JD 94+] [VM 91]

Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra-Brut 2018
(Champagne, France) - [JD 94+] [VM 91]

Regular price $139.97

JD94+ VM91
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About the Domaine:
For almost five hundred years, the Philipponnat family has left its mark on the soil of the Champagne region. Generations have cultivated the land at Ay, the family's home since the time of Apvril le Philipponnat who owned vines at Le Léon, between Ay and Dizy, in 1522. In the 16th century, the family’s ancestors were winegrowers and merchants, suppliers to the court of Louis XIV, magistrates and Royal Mayors of Ay - a town which was directly dependent on the Crown since the era of the Counts of Champagne.

Philipponnat was the first Champagne House to indicate the main year used in its non-vintage blends, the dosage and the date of disgorgement on back labels, informing consumers and wine experts of the characteristics of each cuvée.

Tasting Notes:
This champagne is a light, bright gold with fine, lively bubbles. The nose is open and fruit-driven with notes of white currant, fresh quince and citrus. Partial vinification in wooden barrels (20% of the blend) brings aromas of honey and toast and a finish with touches of vanilla. The palate is fresh and fruity, with a fine mineral texture reminiscent of chalk. The finish is long and persistent with subtle hints of pepper and spices.

Food Pairing:

Poultry and game birds. Enhances terrines and foie gras. Serve chilled at 8 to 9°C
as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.

Technical Information

The Blend:
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, Ay and Avenay-Val-d’Or.

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.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

94+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
" Produced entirely from Pinot Noir from Premier and Grand Cru villages, the 2018 Champagne Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut displays a light straw/copper tinge and has so much personality, with loads of kirsch, red plum, fresh roses, and graham crackers. Full-bodied, with a spine of fresh acidity and orange citrus as well as a savory flourish, you get the ripeness of the house without it feeling overdone. This is one of the calling cards for Philipponnat that feels so well-integrated. It exhibits the powerful nature of Pinot Noir but has fantastic structure, and although it’s drinking great now, it will be incredible to hold onto over the coming 20 years. Drink 2023-2043. 4.5 grams per liter dosage. 40,790 bottles produced." - Audrey Frick (November 2023)

91 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Extra-Brut Blanc de Noirs is an understated wine, as so many Champagnes are in 2018. This is an especially brisk, floral style of Blanc de Noirs, the result of a choice of villages (Avenay-Val-d’Or, Mareuil, Mailly, Vertus, Écueil), the decision to partially block the malolactic fermentation and dosage that is on the low side. Grapefruit, white flowers, mint, chalk and dried herbs are all finely cut. Dosage is 4.25 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2023." Drink 2024-2032. - Antonio Galloni (March 2024)