Philipponnat "Cuvee 1522" Brut 2007
This name commemorates the year in which the Philipponnat family settled in the village of Ay, in the heart of Champagne. As far back as the Philipponnat archives go, there are records of the family ancestors, the first of whom, Apvril le Philipponnat, was an "owner of vines at Le Leon, between Ay and Dizy, from 1522. The exceptional 1522 is produced from the finest Philipponnat wines, most of which are fermented in wooden casks.
On the eye: Deep, bright gold in color. Fine bubbles form a persistent ring.
On the nose: The nose is initially expressive and open, mingling generous notes of warm bread and honey.
On the palate: A superb richness comes through in notes of honey, caramelised mirabelle plums and a hint of vanilla. The finish is tangy, which is typical of this vintage.
The very dry character of this extra brut cuvee makes it a superb accompaniment to seafood and poached or grilled fish. 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. However, it should not be paired with sweet and sour or sugary dishes. Cuvee 1552 is wonderfully full-bodied, making it an excellent champagne to accompany haute cuisine. Serve chilled but not too cold, around 8 to 9°C as an aperitif, or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.