Champagne Aoc Grand Blanc
Unit oc 0.75ltx1
Price unit 58.00€
Type Sparkling Vintage 2007 Region Champagne Producer Philipponnat Wine Advocate - Wine Spectator 91 Available: 7
Vinifera Score 91/100
Grape's variety: 100% Chardonnay
The Grand Blanc is obtained from the head of cuvée of the best Chardonnays of the Côte des Blancs (Cuis, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Vertus), of the Clos des Goisses and of Trépail.
Traditional practices, which prevents premature oxidation. Partial malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, winemaking without malolactic fermentation for wines processed in wood. Elegant wine, which maintains the balance between freshness, aromas and vinosity. Dosage "extra-brut" (4.25 g / l) that preserves the purity and nobility of its origin.
Elegant nose with intense notes of citrus and white flowers that turn out to be more complex thanks to aeration. Beautiful mineral attack, ample, rich in nuances and in perfect harmony with the olfactory expression of the wine - mandarin, grapefruit. The finish reveals even better the typicality of the Philipponnat style, with a round vinosity and a persistent mouth length.
Firm and chalky, with a rich, smoky vein of minerality driving the more subtle notes of fresh quince and crunchy white peach, grated ginger and lemon curd. Tightly knit yet balanced, this should open nicely with some short-term cellaring. Disgorged January 2015. - Wine Spectator
The Philipponnat family had been growing grapes and vinifying wine in the Marne Valley from the mid-19th century until Pierre and Auguste Philipponnat relocated to the 18th century cellars of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1910. Two years later, they appointed chef de culture, Louis Boland, the man who sagely advised Philippe Philipponnat to purchase “Les Goisses” that had been virtually abandoned since the First World War.
Philipponnat decided to bottle the wines separately and this little-known Champagne was labeled “Vin de Goisses” or “Les Goisses” until Raymond Beaudoin, who founded Revue du Vins des France, proposed its present title.
The house of Philipponnat - which owns 44 prime acres in and around Mareuil-sur-Ay, its base of operations ever since having completed a new press house and cellar there in 2004 - is headed by Charles Philipponat, although it's owned by the group that controls Champagne Bruno Paillard Philipponnat.
Philipponnat is primarily a Pinot Noir house, and its vineyards are in prime Pinot Noir territory: Mareuil sur Aÿ, Aÿ, Avenay, and Mutigny. However, all cuvées contain at least 30% Chardonnay for freshness. Its 20 hectares of vineyards represent about a third of its total needs, with the rest being bought in from growers.
Production is currently around 600–700 000 bottles a year and quality is impeccable across the range.
The world renowned flagship, Clos des Goisses, is fashioned from a self-owned single “cru” of steep hillsides facing south, one of the only two in the world. Produced only in exceptional vintages by the strictest standard of the cellar masters, Clos des Goisses is blessed with unparalleled richness, power, length, complexity, and ageing potential, a wine in the truest sense of form.
There's high demand for this low volume wine and it ages magnificently well.
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