About The Producer
"The corporate changes that have swept through Champagne in recent years seem sure to rob many old houses of their connection to the past. But one small jewel of a house is moving ever closer to its roots: Philipponnat."
- Philipponnat’s historic Clos des Goisses may be Champagne’s greatest single vineyard, and the house produces some of Champagne’s most singular wines from it.
- Quality has soared since Charles Philipponnat arrived in 1999. Today, Philipponnat must surely rank at the very top of Champagne’s hierarchy of Maison.
- Philipponnat blurs the distinctions between “grower” and “house”, employing artisanal techniques and focusing on specific terroirs to produce an array of truly distinctive Champagnes.
It is one of the last houses to be run by a member of its founding family. And Charles Philipponnat is a true Champenois, descended from winemakers, cellarmasters and growers dating back nearly 600 years.
Champagne is in Charles’ blood, which helps to explain Philipponnat’s recent resurgence. Twenty years ago, the house was known largely for one wine: the iconic Clos des Goisses, which in the 1930s became the region’s first important single-vineyard Champagne.
But under Charles, Philipponnat has created a whole portfolio of great wines. These range from two of Champagne’s finest non-vintage bruts—Royale Réserve and Reserve Rosé—to an expanding number of exceptional Champagnes de terroir. And, of course, the offerings culminate in the towering Clos des Goisses. These make for a portfolio that is, as Peter Liem has written, “one of the finest in Champagne.”
A Philosophical Rebirth:
Charles was born to make Champagne. His family grew grapes here as early as 1522, and his father René was chef de caves at Moët from 1949 to 1977—responsible for 1961 Dom Pérignon among other legends.
“This has been one of my favorite Champagne sources for many years.”- Allen Meadows
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
93 Points - Wine Spectator
"Rich notes of crème de cassis and marzipan wrap the fine backbone of acidity in this well-balanced and expressive Champagne. Fresh and focused, with a satiny mousse and lovely hints of elderflower, lemon pith and ground ginger. Disgorged September 2018. Drink now through 2027."
93 Points - James Suckling
"Impressive richness and power with sous-bois and woody aromas, as well as light honey, dried berries and yellow plums. The palate has a smooth, even and suave feel with handy freshness in the mid-palate. Stony grip to close. Drink or hold."
92 Points - Vinous
"Bright and finely cut, the Blanc de Noirs has so much to offer. Lifted aromatics and nuanced fruit meld together in an impeccably balanced Champagne that bristles with energy. For this cuvée, Philipponnat blends fruit from sites with both south and north-facing exposures for maximum complexity. Dosage is 4.25 grams per liter. Disgorged: May, 2018. Drink 2019-2029"
92 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs was disgorged in September 2018 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage. Offering up notes of fresh peach, honeycomb, mint and warm bread, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and textural, with lively acids, excellent concentration and a chalky finish. It's showing very well. Drink 2019 - 2035."
Product size: 750ml