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Philipponnat Royale Reserve BrutChardonnay from France

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"A tight, compact Champagne, this exhibits apple, lemon and yeast notes, with a touch of honey. This is balanced on the austere, bracing side, offering a firm, slightly coarse ...

  • 91+ John Gilman - View from the Cellar
  • 91 Allen Meadows - Burghound
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91+

"The new release of Philipponnat's non-vintage 'Royal Réserve' is outstanding. The wine offers up a deep, complex and gently leesy nose of apple, bread dough, a bit of citrus peel, complex, stony minerality, a touch of fresh nutmeg and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still youthfully tight, with fine mid-palate depth, crisp acids, very elegant mousse and lovely length and grip on the snappy and quite primary finish. While the new release of the Philipponnat 'Royal Réserve' is a fine drink right out of the blocks, I would opt for giving this wine a year or two in the cellar to fully come into its own- it should prove to be quite long-lived by the standards of non-vintage Brut. 2012-2030+." (08/12)

91 Allen Meadows - Burghound

"An attractively complex nose of brioche, pear and green apple leads to delicious flavors that possess excellent complexity as well as an aggressively effervescent nose that flirts with being foamy. There is excellent verve to the clean, crisp and well-balanced finish and this is drier than the dosage would typically suggest." (1/13)

Product Description:

"A tight, compact Champagne, this exhibits apple, lemon and yeast notes, with a touch of honey. This is balanced on the austere, bracing side, offering a firm, slightly coarse finish. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases imported. -BS."

Product Detail

Item # 2055
Country France
Region Champagne
Sub-Region Champagne
Ratings

91+ - John Gilman - View from the Cellar

91 - Allen Meadows - Burghound

Vintage N/A
Color White
ABV 12.0%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Sparkling
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla