Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2014
An outstanding demonstration of Philipponnat’s consummate expertise in blending and vinifying Pinot Noir.
2014 was a year with chaotic weather and full of surprises. A mild and rainy autumn and winter were followed by a superb spring, warm dry and sunny, leading to a very early bud break. Summer was particularly rainy and temperatures were autumnal by the end of August.
Considering the rainy weather, grape soundness was satisfactory, notably with very low levels of grey rot, and no powdery or downy mildew on the clusters. The year was unusual in that sour rot and spotted wing drosophila appeared in certain sectors.
Due to fast picking and strict sorting during the harvest, the quality of intake was very sound with a fairly exceptional average weight of clusters. The harvest took place from 13 to 25 September 2014.
On the eye: Light, bright gold with fine, lively bubbles. Persistent and generous froth.
On the nose: Open and fruit-driven with notes of white currant, fresh quince and citrus. Partial vinification in wooden barrels (20% of the blend) brings aromas of honey and toast and a finish with touches of vanilla.
On the palate: The palate is fresh and fruity, with a fine mineral texture reminiscent of chalk. The finish is long and persistent with subtle hints of pepper and spices.
Poultry and game birds. Enhances terrines and foie gras.