New Release Philipponnat 1522

New Release Philipponnat 1522
After the runaway success of Clos des Goisses 2008, we are delighted to announce the release of one final Philipponnat treasure from the landmark 2008 vintage.

The brilliant Cuvée 1522 is a fabulous bottling that blends top Pinot Noir from Ay with the finest Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger, marrying two of the top Grand Cru villages in Champagne. The fruit from Ay is of particular note, coming as it does from the historic Le Leon vineyard – a source of fine, powerful, spicy Pinot Noir that was Philipponnat owned as far back as 1522, thus the name. Ageing is carried out in a mixture of barriques and stainless steel tanks with 70% of the base wines not going through malolactic fermentation. In line with other top bottlings and a sign of its status within the house, the 2008 has been given an impressive eight years sur lie before being disgorged Extra Brut in March of this year with a dosage level of 4.25 g/l.

Lovers of the rich, bright Philipponnat style are going to find so much to enjoy in this wonderful Champagne – the combination of spicy, salty red fruit and crisp, chalky minerality is hugely alluring. Add in the intense and crystalline framework of the superb 2008 vintage and this delivers some serious wow factor. However impressive this might appear, the wine is really showing just a fraction of its potential. With a year in bottle, as the magnums have had, 1522 2008 transforms as the rich beauty of post-disgorgement bottle ageing takes effect. With two to three years the fireworks will begin in earnest, and we wouldn’t have any qualms about drinking this in a decade from now. At less than half the price of Clos des Goisses, but produced with all the same care and attention, 1522 2008 deserves a place in every Champagne lover’s cellar.

Precise notes of salt and red berries, brioche, toast and peach combine to produce an arresting initial impression in Philipponnat’s brilliant 1522 2008. The blend is 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay, partially aged in oak, entirely from Grand Crus; the former from Ay the latter from Mesnil-sur-Oger. Malolactic fermentations are for the most part prevented, giving the wine a beautiful seam of fresh acidity that will allow this to age for many years to come. The signature spice of Ay fruit is very present, notes Indian spice strewn amongst the deep, chiselled red fruit and crushed rock flavours. 8 years sur lie has given fabulous complexity, with a savoury, very fine note of freshly baked pastries below the fruit, while also giving the mousse a wonderful finesse and sense of integration. The finish is long and deliciously salty. Only 1200 cases of this brilliant wine were produced. Disgorgement was in March 2018 with 4.25g/l dosage.

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