A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

Wednesday 16th May 2018
by George Wilmoth

Last month Justerinis co-hosted a Champagne masterclass with Charles Philipponnat of the eponymous champagne house. 

The afternoon consisted of a superb lunch by Claude Bosi at Bibendum with perfectly paired bottles from the cellars of Philipponnat. We tried four new wines from Phillipponnat including the 2008 "1522", the 2008 Mareuil-Sur-Ay, the 2007 Clos des Goisses "Juste Rose" and the 2008 Les Cintres. All brilliant, complex and satisfying wines.

The 1522 is surprisingly fleshy and accessible but there's a taut minerality that comes through on the finish that reminds you of the vintage's tension.  It was the first time I tried the Mareuil-Sur-Ay but it took the 1522s style and ramped it up with greater tension and nervosity. I'll be buying some of this for myself.