2018 Philippe Lancelot Hauts d’Epernay Extra Brut

2018 Philippe Lancelot Hauts d’Epernay Extra Brut

$85.00

Description

My point of reference for the Epernay sector in Champagne is Aurélien Lahèrte, whose wines now have quite the merited following.  This bottling from Philippe only reinforces my recognition of the potential here, as this is plain smokin’ good….Planted principally on the upper hillside (hence its name) in two lieu dits: .27 hectares in Boissimon (1990) and .72 hectares in Saint Antoine (1973).  It is a blend of 48% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 17% Pinot Meunier, disgorged in May of 2023.  With a broader shouldered sense of presence/structure/power relative to the Cramant’s sense of cooler sleek power, this has a multifaceted and quite complex array of both red fruited and citrus flavors as well as florals that continued to fascinate and evolve in the glass, this is at once intellectually and sensually a delight….its core is rock solid, with gorgeous purity and vibrancy.  As an intro to Philippe’s wines, this will make a slam dunk clear argument as to exactly why the “insider” Champagne loving world is abuzz about his work.  Get what you can justify, and thank me later….a little * awarded here.  Some 290 cases made.
“Les Hautes d’Epernay Millésime 2017. Zero dosage, no degorgement date. Again the maltreated 2017 vintage. I always fret with these non sulphur/natural wine styled champagnes. The Hautes d’Epernay was sublime, the honey note had intensified, the minerality extremely complex, an intellectual champagne but magnificent. 97 points.” Donald Pennet for the 2017, NOT THE 2018 OFFERED HERE.