Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2011
An outstanding demonstration of Philipponnat’s consummate expertise in blending and vinifying Pinot Noir.
2011 was a year of contrasts. A dry, cold winter up until the end of January was followed by a surprisingly warm and early spring, encouraging rapid growth of vegetation. From the end of May, there was another complete change: the weather turned rainy, alternating with both very hot and then cool spells, threatening the health of the grapes. The first grapes were picked at the end of August, and the 2011 harvest was the earliest in the history of Philipponnat and Champagne, but reveals a vintage of pure finesse.
On the eye: Pale gold, and fine, creamy bubbles forming a persistent ring.
On the nose: Fresh and refined, with fruity aromas of pear, apple and citrus fruit - with a hint of bergamot. It gives way to spicy, smoky notes.
On the palate: Fresh and vinous, with a fine texture. Notes of pear and candied orange peel, leading to a spicy finish with hints of white pepper. An elegant minerality.
Poultry and game birds. Enhances terrines and foie gras.