Philipponnat "Grand Blanc" Extra Brut 2016 (Champagne, France) - [VM 92]

Philipponnat "Grand Blanc" Extra Brut 2016
(Champagne, France) - [VM 92]


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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:
In the glass, a pale gold with green glints, fine and lively froth. The nose is elegant, combining aromas of white hawthorn and elder flowers and citrus fruits.
The mouth is polished with citrus notes of yuzu and lemon. The finish is fresh with hints of mint and sour cream. Grand Blanc 2016 is a classic expression of a Blanc de Blancs cuvée.

Food Pairing:

Ideal as an aperitif. An excellent accompaniment to fish and shellfish (prawns and lobster, whether poached or served with white butter sauce). Serve at 6 to 8° C as an aperitif or 9 to 11° C to accompany a meal.

Technical Information

The Blend:
100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs and the village of Verzy. First press juice
from exclusively Premier and Grand Cru plots.

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. An elegant wine that preserves a balance between freshness, floral aromas and vinosity. “Extra-brut” dosage (4.25 g/litre) to preserve its original purity and distinction.

Ageing:
Aged from seven to nine years to develop maximum complexity and to highlight
the secondary and tertiary aromas which are the hallmark of extended ageing on lees.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Extra-Brut Grand Blanc is a very pretty, vibrant Champagne. Brisk and energetic, the 2016 sizzles with tension. Crushed rocks, lemon peel, graphite and white pepper all race across the palate. The blend of sites in Trépail, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Vertus and Grauves works quite well. This is a fine edition of the Grand Blanc and a shining example of just how compelling the 2016s can be. Dosage is 4.25 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2023." Drink 2024-2030. - Antonio Galloni (March 2024)