2009 Les Cintres, Champagne Philipponnat

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Bottle
11 available
£321.43

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Maturity
    No Drink Dates Available
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2009 Les Cintres, Champagne Philipponnat

TASTING NOTES

The 2009 Clos des Goisses, tasted from a trial disgorgement, is more than a worthy follow up to the stunning 2008. Bright, focused and powerful, with terrific freshness for the year, the 2009 is pure sensuality. To be sure, there is plenty of vintage 2009 radiance to the citrus, orchard fruit and pastry flavors, but the blocked-malo style helps the wine retain plenty of verve. The 2009 is 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay, with no malolactic fermentation. Charles Philipponnat chose to scale down the number of lots fermented in oak to 37% in order to temper some of the natural richness of the year. He seems to have succeeded, as the 2009 retains terrific vibrancy.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (July 2018)
(94—96)/100
Champagne Philipponnat

While other Champagne houses have only recently discovered the benefits of bottling wines made from individual vineyards separately, Philipponnat made their first wine, from Clos des Goisses, in 1935. It’s one of the region’s steepest plots, rising up from the River Marne. And this steepness, combined with its south-facing aspect, means that the grapes can ripen more than most other spots in the region. It’s one of the most powerful, consistent and ageworthy Champagnes out there.

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