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Champagne Philipponnat Royal Reserve Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Philipponnat Royal Reserve Brut NV

Philipponnat is a personal favorite of mine among the Grande Marques (or larger Maison houses of Champagne) and this 93 point beauty of stunning elegance just might be the best quality for price Grande Marques value I’ve seen in years!

$49
$90

Retail

46
Flavor Profile: Toasted brioche, peonies, roses, cherries, plums, Fino sherry, umeboshi, and chalk
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 8 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Score: 92

Why We Love It...

For me, the greatest of the Grande Marques houses have one very admirable quality in common – consistency! Their vineyard resources, the extensive reserve programs, and the sheer volume of their vintages – it allow the thoughtful and careful producers, such as Philipponnat, to produce stunning cuvees year in and year out. (In contrast, other Grande Marques simply make more, and more, trading on the reputation but producing mediocre quality wines year after year…meh.) This Royale Reserve is certainly an example of consistent, high quality, and exceptionally good value Champagne – and you’re gonna want a handful of this in your collection without question!

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.

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!

The team at Philipponnat classifies this as the “purest expression of the house style”, with grapes sourced mainly from their finest plots of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards across Champagne, with a consistent focus on pinot noir from their home base of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The base wine from the 2019 vintage is all made from first-pressed juice and incorporates 25% to 35% reserve wine from the house's perpetual solera system that is reblended each year to maintain freshness and minerality.

Aged for three years on the lees, and then finished with a Brut level dosage of 8 grams per liter – this compelling blend uses some 67% pinot noir, 31% chardonnay, and 2% pinot meunier to craft a round, toasty, and perfumed offering that seamlessly balances opulence with elegance. Peonies and roses pull you into the glass, where cherries and plums showcase the pinot-dominant core, and the sweet reserve perfume of a kiss of fino sherry and a salty umeboshi tang build layers of complexity and mouthfeel. The finish is slow to arrive, and longer yet to leave – soft, dry, and infused with a chalky minerality that lingers beautifully. This is as classy and elegant as you’ll find in under $50 Champagne – especially from any of the large Maisons. We took months to work out this deal, and now that the wine has arrived and filled our warehouse (very temporarily, I’m sure) we popped a bottle in celebration. It did not disappoint – and a few cases were immediately gobbled up by the staff for our own homes and celebrations yet to come. You’d be wise to join us, and weave joy into your days with your own collection of Philipponnat’s extraordinary Royale Reserve Brut!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Vallée de la Marne
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 67% Pinot Noir, 31% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Meunier
Winemaker: Charles Philipponnat
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Oak: 30% Barrel Aged Reserve Wine
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Chicken à la King

About the Producer

Champagne Philipponnat, a prestigious Champagne house founded in 1910 in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France, has a rich heritage rooted in family tradition and exceptional winemaking. Their story is one of dedication to crafting high-quality, terroir-driven Champagnes, with a focus on the Pinot Noir grape variety. Over the decades, they have maintained a commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture practices, ensuring the grapes' optimal expression. Philipponnat's signature cuvée, "Clos des Goisses," sourced from a unique and historic vineyard on steep slopes along the Marne River, has become renowned for its elegance and character, cementing the house's reputation as a producer of exceptional Champagnes enjoyed by connoisseurs worldwide.

Champagne Philipponnat Royal Reserve Brut NV

$49
$90

Retail

46

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