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Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2016
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Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2016  - Last Bubbles

Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2016 “One of the finest [portfolios] in Champagne…” – Peter Liem

$79 $105 Retail 25 percent off
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Champagne Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2016  - Last Bubbles
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Flavor Profile:  Roses, peaches, raspberries, and golden plums, tropical mango, almond, hazelnut, and strawberries

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Time on Lees:  60 months

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Disgorgement Date:  September 2022

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Dosage:  4.5 grams per liter

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Score:  JD95

Why We Love It...

For nearly 500 years, the Philipponnat family has tended vines in Champagne. They’ve supplied the courts of kings and queens, and lay claim to a number of firsts in the region – from indicating the primary vintages used in non-vintage blends, to including dosage levels and disgorgement dates on their back label (which we LOVE!) and even making Champagne’s very first single-named vineyard Champagne offering with their revered Clos des Goisse bottling nearly a century ago.

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Today, the estate is run by Charles Philipponnat – the latest in the long enduring and historic Champagne family. He took over the running of the estate in 1999 and Philipponnat has enjoyed perhaps its most successful era to date under his supervision. His father was the revered chef de caves  at Moët from 1949 to 1977 – crafting the iconic 1961 Dom Pérignon, among others, during his tenure there. You could argue that great Champagne is simply in his blood, and after one sip of this – you’ll broker no argument from me!

This exceptional 2016 vintage Blanc de Noirs is crafted exclusively from pinot noir, selected from choice plots in the Grand Cru village of Verzy and Premier Cru village of Mareuil-sur-Ay. The myriad parcels and picks are all fermented separately to start, with some fermentations occuring in stainless steel vats, and others in oak barrels. A somewhat unique rule, and one that I absolutely love, is that all stainless lots undergo malolactic fermentation, while all oak lots do not. The thought here is that a “neutral” vessel like steel benefits from the added texture and flavors of secondary fermentation, but the oak lots require the bright verve of malic acid to be preserved in order to prevent a sappy heaviness in the lots. I think that is brilliant in theory, and will keep an eye out for any house in the future that follows the same.  

What is not a mere theory, however, is the quality of this cuvee. Immediately apparent, as the bright and coppery juice hits the glass, bubbling up with a creamy and stable mousse that abounds with expressive notes of roses, peaches, raspberries, and golden plums, with whispers of baked apricots, and tropical mango notes. Toasty almond and hazelnut accents continue in the mouth, with a ripe sweetness reminiscent of summer strawberries dipped in confectioner’s sugar. The finish is chiseled and pure, with salt and slate, and a bright vein of mint and citrine zip carrying the wine to a luminous and enchanting resolution. Simply fantastic stuff, that is clearly deserving of a fine 95 point score. Only about 10 cases available… so grab yours while we’ve got it!  

Technical Details



AppellationMontagne de Reims

VarietalPinot Noir

WinemakerThierry Garnier


Pair it withChicken tagine with apricots and almonds

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