This represent the purest expression of Philipponnat. If you are new to Philipponnat, it is one of the most famous large family owned champagne growers based in Mareuil sur-Ay region, where mainly Pinot Noir grapes are grown.
The name of Royal Réserve goes back to the ancestors of the Philipponnat family since 1522, vineyard owners, wine-merchants and winemakers, suppliers to Louis XIV, magistrates and Royal Mayors of Ay.
65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier. First press juice of mainly Grand and Premier Crus grapes from the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area. 20 to 30% of reserve wines are aged in wooden barrels using the solera system to incorporate older wines without losing freshness.
Fine vinous attack on the palate, fruity (redcurrant, raspberry, ripe grape) and fullbodied, generous and long. Light notes of biscuit and freshly baked bread on the finish. A reliable go-to Champagne if you do not wish to buy the big houses!
Food Pairing: As an aperitif, served chilled but not ice-cold (8°C). Enhances hot or cold white meats, poultry and premium charcuterie. An ideal complement to cold buffets, fish and seafood.
Blend: Predominantly Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay and small % of Pinot Meunier.
Sub-region: Mareuil sur-Ay