The name of Cuvée 1522 is a tribute to the year when the Philipponnat family settled in the village of Ay, in the heart of the Champagne vine-growing area. The family’s ancestors can be traced back in time through the House archives right back to the first, Apvril le Philipponnat,who owned vines in “Le Léon”, between Ay and Dizy from 1522.
2009 was a year full of contrasts that ended well! After a severe winter, spring was stormy. Mild, wet weather was conducive to outbreaks of mildew. Luckily five weeks of warm, dry weather just before the harvest led to exceptional grape soundness. The vintage was fruit-driven with moderate acidity. There was more sunshine during the year than in 2008, with levels approaching those of 2002. The harvest took place from 13 to 28 September.
On the eye: Light gold in color.
On the nose: An intense, floral nose, with notes of fruit blossom, cherry, elderflower and hints of violet.
On the palate: Expressive and generous, it offers dark fruits aromas (blackberry, ripe—even candied—blackcurrant, black cherry) combined with notes of almond, hints of dried fruit and nuts. The finish is remarkably fresh for the vintage.
A perfect match for filet of venison. Cuvée 1552 is wonderfully full-bodied, making it an excellent champagne to accompany meals. Serve chilled but not too cold, around 8 to 9°C as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.
After optimal cellar aging, Cuvée 1522 can be kept for at least ten years in a cool and dark place, to develop in roundness and complexity.