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Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs
90POINTS
16½/20

Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs 2011

Champagne, FranceThe Philipponnat family have been wine growers and merchants since the 16th century, and own 17 hectares of vineyards, all worked sustainably, with horses and no chemical inputs. This powerful blanc de noirs is entirely pinot noir from first press juice from Premier and Grand Cru plots in Montagne de Reims, and estate vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay. After partial MLF in vats and no MLF for barrel-fermented fruit, this is blended and spends five to seven years on lees before being dosed at 4.25 g/l. Structural and firm, this brings tight cherry, clay, and slight toasty notes, reflective of its time on lees. There's a tight spicing that holds the finish stately. This well shows off pinot noir and its affinity for pairing with food. My bottle was disgorged in January 2018.Tasted: 02 February 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 120.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne PhilipponnatDistributors: Stile Brands
Grape: Pinot Noir