O Produtor, tasting note published in July 9th 1905
Salmon pink in colour with coppery glints. Delicate, creamy and lingering froth. On the nose: the first nose reveals summer berries with notes of cherry and wild strawberry. Notes of citrus and grapefruit peel develop with time. On the mouth: the attack is elegant and pure. Full and ample on the palate, with good acidity and a light astringency that brings out the fruitiness.
The blend: 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier. First press juice of mainly Grand and Premier Crus grapes from the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area. Reserve wines (25 to 30% of the blend) are aged in wooden barrels using the solera system to incorporate older wines without losing freshness. Vinification: vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation. Partial malolactic fermentation and some of the wines aged in casks to allow the aromas to develop complexity. Still red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes from Mareuil-sur-Ay and Riceys is obtained by maceration and 7 to 8% is added to obtain a delicately coloured rosé with a very definite fruity taste. Moderate brut dosage (9 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness, fruitiness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity. Aging: aged on the lees in the House’s cellars at a constant temperature of 12°C for three years, far longer than the legal minimum requirement of 15 months.
Champagne region is home to the Philipponnat family. Since 1522, Philipponnat’s legacy has been passed down through the ages. A long line of men and women took great care to pass on the family expertise and values: individuality, excellence, generosity and humility. Established in the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area, a Pinot Noir champagne specialist, Philipponnat possesses a unique heritage: Its magnificent, historic 18th century cellars and an exceptional walled single vineyard: the Clos des Goisses.