Philipponnat Extra Brut Cuvee 1522 2014
Light gold in appearance. A fresh, expressive nose with aromas of almond and pear. The finish is spicy, with notes of pepper and chartreuse. Fresh and pure, with the spicy notes typical from the terroir of Ay. The finish is long, with toasted, green tea notes.A superb accompaniment to seafood and poached or grilled fish due to the very dry character of this extra brut cuv e. Its dryness contrasts well with the fattiness of poultry such as capon. An even bolder match can be made with caviar or very spicy dishes such as an Indian tandoori. Cuv e 1552 is wonderfully full-bodied, making it an excellent Champagne to accompany meals. Sweet or sweet and sour dishes should, however, be avoided. Serve chilled but not too cold. This Champagne produced from Grand Cru grapes is rich, the Pinot Noir shining with its structure and ripe white fruits. Because of the low dosage, the wine’s acidity is prominent, so it will be worth giving it more time. Drink from 2022 Disgorged in March 2021 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, Philipponnat’s 2014 Extra-Brut Grand Cru Cuv e 1522 exhibits aromas of crisp yellow apples, stone fruit, buttery pastry and citrus oil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly vinous, with a layered core of fruit, bright girdling acids and a seamless profile, it’s beautifully balanced and should age with considerable grace. As I’ve written before, this cuv e derives its name from the year in which the Philipponnat family settled in Ay, and it’s intended to foreground the virtues of the wines of that village. The 2014 Extra-Brut Cuv e 1522 is terrific. Bright and finely cut, the 2014 is immediately full of charm, starting with a bouquet that is absolutely beguiling. Dried pear, chamomile, mint and orange peel lend quite a bit of nuance, but it is the wine’s energy and bright acids that I find most attractive. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.