Regarding the Champagne Philipponnat Les Cintres - 2009
Cuvée Les Cintres from Philipponnat is one of three cuvées crafted using grapes harvested in the great 2009 exclusively from selected plots. There is just 2461 bouteilles. The cuvée is produced from grapes grown in the sunniest part of this exceptional vineyard Clos des Goisses.
This cuvée is elaborated from 100% Pinot Noir, and is fermented in casks. It is vinified using traditional methods to avoid premature oxidation, with no malolactic fermentation. Cuvée Les Cintres has an "Extra-brut" dosage (4.5 g/litre) to maintain a balance between freshness and vinosity without masking the wine’s character and purity.
It is characterized by fine and creamy bubbles forming a persistent ring. The nose is elegant and powerful. On the palate, the attack is fresh and mineral, with a quite exceptional length...
With its exceptional aromatic character, this cuvée makes a subtle match for lobster, langoustines and saltwater fish. Its robust structure and great length already enhance white meats, and given a few more years to age it will also complement stews and cheeses with elegance. Serve chilled at 8 to 9°C as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.
The cuvée has been cellar-aged for more than nine years giving complexity, and if it is kept in a cool and dark cellar it will continue to develop magnificently for at least fifteen years.