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Philipponnat’s 1522 bottlings from 2008 & 2009
19 June 2019

When Charles Philipponnat’s father René was making legendary wines as chef de cave at Dom Perignon he used to swear by a secret recipe. “If you want to make the best blend in Champagne” René would whisper, “you need Pinot Noir from Ay, Chardonnay from Cramant and a lighter Pinot Noir from the north of the Montagne de Reims."

Today’s 1522 cuvees represent something of an homage to that recipe. They are produced from many of the house’s most remarkable plots, vinified in a mixture of oak barrels and stainless steel. Positioned just below the maison’s flagship Clos des Goisses, they nevertheless represent serious prestige cuvees in their own right. The core of the blend and the stylistic heart of every bottle of 1522 is the Le Leon vineyard in the heart of Ay. This historic plot is one of the great sites in Ay, said to have been in the family since 1522. The soils here are exceptionally chalky and provide Pinot Noir grapes with complex mineral profiles and a signature spiciness. They bring a level of sophistication to the blend that is the hallmark of a great 1522 bottling. Added to this is a highly mineral component from the Cote de Blancs, good for salinity and drive, while plots from the northern Montagne de Reims vineyards bring detail and wonderful cool aromatics. The Rosé sees the addition of 10% still red produced from a plot called Valofroy situated at the very top of Clos des Goisses, the same source as used in Clos des Goisses Juste Rosé.

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