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Grand Blanc 2007 is exclusively blended from Chardonnay grapes from the best growths (1er Cru and Grand Cru) of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, including some white Clos des Goisses.
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Grand Blanc 2007 is exclusively blended from Chardonnay grapes from the best growths (1er Cru and Grand Cru) of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, including some white Clos des Goisses. Grand Blanc 2007 is a noteworthy exception in the otherwise Pinot Noir-dominated range of Philipponnat wines. While possessing vinosity and a creamy texture, it is true to the lightness and finesse of a great Blanc de Blanc. Grand Blanc is a superb apéritif Champagne for beautiful occasions; It will also be a wonderful companion for all sea food, especially scallops, lobster and crayfish.
Only the pure Cuvée (first pressing) of top quality Chardonnay grapes is used. About 15% of the blend is from our own Clos des Goisses vineyard in Mareuil sur Ay with another 15% coming from 1er Cru Chardonnay grapes from the Montagne de Reims (Trépail). The remainder comes from 1er Cru and Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs (mainly Cuis, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Vertus).
Traditional, avoiding any premature oxidation. Malo-lactic fermentation is most often chosen for wines processed in vats. For the past few years, a portion of the wines has been fermented in barrels in order to obtain a discreet hint adding to the complexity of the blend. These barrel-fermented wines do not undergo malo-lactic fermentation. The dosage (8-9 grams/litre) is low and the liqueurs are not aged, so they do not influence the wines character and purity.
Philipponnat's policy is to age its Vintage wines a minimum of five years from harvest to release. Grand Blanc 2005, while still elegant and fresh already displays the fullness of a well aged Chardonnay. Each bottle bears the date of disgorgement on its back label.
Appearance: Light gold with delicate hints of green, with a particularly fine and persistent mousse. Nose: Floral scents of linden blossom and lilies. Palate: Definitely an Easy Champagne, there is an elegant balance between power and finesse. It is fresh with good vivacity and a long finish. Its texture is certainly mineral.
Grand Blanc 2007 is now ready to drink but it will improve and gain fullness for the next 5 or 6 years if stored properly in a cool and dark cellar.
A perfect apéritif, Grand Blanc 2007 is also an exquisite companion of fish and shellfish thanks to its dryness and acidity. It is especially enjoyable with crustaceans: lobster, crayfish and prawns, either grilled, poached or steamed with light butter sauce or beurre blanc. Grand Blanc 2007 should be served at around 6-8° C for the aperitif or slightly warmer, 9-11° C when accompanying a meal.
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