Philippe Prie Champagne Brut Tradition NV
By Wine Spectator
PHILIPPE PRIÉ Brut Champagne Tradition NV
Issue: Jun 15, 2011
Offers hints of Jonagold apple, apple blossom, biscuit and ginger, with a focused structure. Lightly juicy, with a subtle texture and a touch of honey on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 12,000 cases made. -AN
By Serge Dore Selections
Philippe Prie Brut Tradition
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
In the heart of the Cote des Bar, in the south of the Champagne region, come discover a magnificent Champagne. Gorgeous, clean, and crisp, Philippe Prie Brut Tradition is laced with bright white peaches, green apples, flowers and minerals. Medium in body, it reveals plenty of length and focus, with a crisp and incredibly pure finish due to the very late inducing of the liquor. Elaborated from 80% Pinot Noir (for robust structure), and 20% Chardonnay (for delicacy and elegance), the grapes come from 30 year-old vines in clay and limestone soils, located in 23 hectares in the Cote des Bar region of southern Champagne.
The COTE DES BAR marks the transition between the plains of Champagne and the rolling slopes of Burgundy. From the Côte des Blancs, it is some 2hrs south of Epernay. Less than an hour southwest lies the northern tip of Burgundy and the town of Chablis. The soil in the Côte des Bar is closer to that of Chablis - Kimmeridgian marl topped by Portlandian limestone than it is to the vineyards near Epernay and Reins, which is composed mostly by Cretaceous chalk. Unlike in Chablis, however, producers in the Aube specialize in Pinot Noir. Humid Atlantic influences coming from the west and continental influences with higher temperatures are two factors that help Pinot Noir ripen extremely well in the area. In fact, Pinot accounts for almost 90% of vines planted in the region and strongly influences the character of its champagnes. Nevertheless, the Côte des Bar has diversified terroirs. Specific soil types, local climate conditions, slope and orientation are extremely varied, producing separate micro-climates. Each vigneron needs to be fully attentive to his own terroir in order to make the most of it.
NON-VINTAGE CHAMPAGNES consist of a base year in the blend, which represents the majority of the cuvee. To that base, reserve wines from previous vintages are added to develop the house style. In the case of Philippe Prie, the Tradition label is based on Pinot Noir and the base year comprises 70 percent of the total blend. The additional 30 percent comes from reserves, generally from 3 to 5 different vintages.
In 2005, a new winery came into service, equipped with a state of the art wine press with a capacity of 9 tons, and a full range of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks adapted to each parcel of the vineyards. This modern production facility offers complete control over the quality winemaking process. The secret of the consistent quality of Philippe Prie wines lies in careful blending techniques.
Imported by Serge Dore Selections
By The New York Times
Dining & Wine: Champagne's Servants Join The Masters
By Eric Asimov
Published: July 12, 2011
…today, the spotlight is unexpectedly shining on the Aube, and its primary growing area, the Cote des Bar. Now, the region is coming to be known for its independent vignerons, whose distinctive, highly sought wines have caught the attention of Champagne lovers the world over…many Aube producers are taking their cues instead from Burgundy, with its emphasis on farming and on being able to trace terroir through the wines. Rather than the hushed pop of the cork and the silken rush of bubbles, these Champagnes suggest soil on the boots and dirt under the fingernails…The focus on terroir in the Aube reflects a larger discussion throughout the entire region, in which small producers making distinctive, terroir-specific Champagnes from grapes they farm themselves have seized initiative from the big houses. These small grower-producers account for barely an eyedropper’s worth of the Champagne that flows from the region, but they now lay claim to an outsize portion of the fascination among Champagne lovers.
By Wine Enthusiast
Philippe Prié NV Brut Tradition Sparkling
Designation: Brut Tradition
Varietal: Champagne Blend, Sparkling
Appellation: Champagne, France
Winery: Philippe Prié
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Serge Doré Selections
In Magazine: 12/1/2011
Creamy wine, with pure acidity and a green apple character. It tastes young, herbal, while the aftertaste is soft. - (12/1/2011) - 86