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The antique engraving featured on 1522 and 1522 rosé cuvées depicts the village of Ay, seat of the Philipponnat family, in the 17th century. Several members of the Philipponnat family were Royal Mayors of Ay.
Around 70% Pinot Noir from our “Le Léon” vineyard in Ay and 30% Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger, to which 8,5% Pinot Noir is added, vinified as a red wine, from our Mareuil-sur-Ay vineyard.
A portion of the wines (around 50%) are vinified in wooden barrels without malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s freshness, allowing it to develop complexity. The pink colour is obtained by adding a still Pinot Noir wine (usually from the Clos des Goisses) during the initial blending process. Both ample and tangy, this cuvée is eminently suitable for low dosage: extra brut with only 4.25 g of
sugar/litre, which is just one third of the conventional dosage for a brut champagne.
The benefits of eight years’ aging on lees are already in evidence yet it still presents great freshness, an essential characteristic for rosé.
This year was all about alternating weather patterns. A particularly wet winter gave way to a warm and dry spring. May saw some rain, and even though late June-brought about a minor heatwave, the remainder of the summer was moist and murky. Disease pressure was lifted but once again fine, hot September weather was able to save and concentrate the crop. A large crop (11,553 kg/ha) was picked from September 8th onwards. The year's biggest problem was the sour rot caused by the drosophila suzukii flies. It, and the challenging weather, demanded plenty of care and selection work in the vineyards. The results are variable. The year was especially demanding for Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne, which received a lot of rainfall and was troubled by both mildew and sour rot. With an average potential alcohol of 10.0% and total acidity of 8.3 g/l, 2014 looks good on paper and so too in the glass, despite its challenges. The successful wines come with attractive fruit, lovely vibrant acidity and an overt easiness to them.