Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Mes Vieilles 2002
"The flagship 2002 Brut Clos des Goisses is simply stunning in this vintage. Seamless, ripe and beguiling, the 2002 is pure harmony in the glass. Dried pears, apricots, flowers, red berries and spices are some of the many notes that inform this towering, aristocratic wine. At once vertical yet endowed with serious length, the 2002 stands out for its breathtaking balance and overall sense of harmony. Layers of fruit built to the huge, creamy finish. This is a great showing from Philipponnat...96" WA 11/12 “Rating: *** This highly-anticipated release does not disappoint, although its youthfulness is still nearly painful at the moment, its flavors wrapped up in a tightly-wound, chalk-driven structure. It demonstrates an outstanding sense of refinement and finesse, with a silky texture and a tense, elongated shape on the palate; above all, it finishes with a complex, multi-dimensional fragrance, anchored by a piercing note of saline minerality and persisting with exceptional length, nuance and poise. This will be stunning, but it will likely take another decade or even two to fully reveal its character and depth—if you open it now, be sure you have additional bottles in the cellar for the future. Last tasted: 12/11” Peter Liem the Champagne Guide.net
Along the banks of the River Marne and close to the Mareuil sur Aÿ Roman church, which is situated in the middle of its own vineyards, Champagne Philipponnat produces wines with an exceptional house style. The main courtyard opens onto a beautiful classic façade situated just behind a gate stamped with the family coat of arms. Here lies the heart of Philipponnat - its XVIIIth Century cellars where, shielded from the world, its wines slowly mature.