Philippe Fontaine

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Located in Balnot sur Laignes in the Cotes des Bar region, Champagne Philippe Fontaine is above all a history of family and tradition. The Fontaine family has indeed been cultivating their land for centuries. Nowadays, Philippe, his daughter Salome, and her husband, Louis-Antoine, run the estate. Most of the vineyards are located in the prestigious Les Riceys part of the region. They are comprised of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. All of Philippe Fontaine Champagnes are handcrafted at the estate, small production, sustainably farmed, and represent a tremendous value in their category.

Wines from Philippe Fontaine

Philippe Fontaine Champagne Brut Blanc de Blanc “Cuvée Des Lys”

Blend: 100% Pinot Blanc
Aging: 36 months “sur latte”

100% Pinot Blanc Champagne is rare enough, but vintage versions can literally be counted on one hand. This is, necessarily of course, a micro-production wine that generates tons of excitement upon every release. Like still Pinot Blancs, it’s very fresh, crisp, and elegant, with aromas of white flower, exotic fruits, pear, cinnamon, and green almond. The palate is generous, bright, and carries all the aromatics in a luxurious swirl of tight and persistent perlage. The long finish deepens the wine a touch with fuzzy ripe apricot and a bit of warm ginger. It’s such a stunning, individualistic wine that it makes for a great apéritif to enjoy all by itself, but it will certainly enhance your seafood dinners (it seems to have a special affinity for lighter octopus and squid dishes like ceviche), quiches, white pizzas, and fruit-centric desserts.

Philippe Fontaine Champagne Brut Millésime

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 48 months “sur latte”

A bright yellow hue with subtle reflections of copper, this elegant and fine Champagne offers aromas of lychee and peach. On the palate, this wine is lively and bright with a soft texture of almond paste, brioche, and subtle notes of blueberries. Enjoy with your aperitif, sushi, northern Mexican food, or desserts.

Philippe Fontaine Champagne Brut “Tradition”

Blend: 70% Pinot Noir 30% Pinot Meunier
Aging: 24 months “sur latte”

Philippe Fontaine’s flagship bottling stands out among Grower Champagnes for its blanc de noirs cepage and extended time en tirage. These unusual steps give this a complexity and creamy richness not commonly found in such affordable Champagnes. Golden citrus and orchard fruits lilt along on a silky textured palate that glides into a very fresh and cleansing finish. This tremendous value pairs well with apéritifs, soft cheeses, and any light fare.

Philippe Fontaine Champagne Brut “Prestige”

Blend: 40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay
Aging: 48 months “sur latte”

Spectacular, robust, and unfathomably deep Grower Champagne for those who love the rich, yeasty styles that really make an impression. Burnished yellow with flecks of copper, generous in its fresh pastry, creamy golden fruit, and subtle rosemary and tarragon aromatics. The round, medium-heavy palate is full of fine bubbles that pop ever so gently in the mouth to make the chalk, white flower, orange blossom, and panoply of white fruits shine even more against the luscious base. Awfully compelling by itself, it’s ideal with seared scallops, lobster, butter-broiled steaks, or triple crème cheeses.

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