A blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, the "1522" is made exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards. Fermentation takes place in old oak, with just 20% malolactic fermentation to retain the freshness of the warm sites that is typical of the Philipponnat style. The 2008 spent eight years on its lees in the bottle before disgorgement and has a low dosage of just 4.5g/l. A pale straw colour in the glass, the nose is incredibly pure and youthful, with crisp red and green apples, juicy lemon and a touch of struck flint. With air, notes of toasted brioche and hazelnut come through. The palate has mouth-watering acidity that cuts through the creamy, persistent mousse and dense, ripe citrus fruit. The savoury, lightly meaty and creamy notes from lees ageing builds through the mid-palate. This has nice complexity but is still youthful, and it is the drive and precision that is most impressive at this stage. Long, bright and refreshing, this small production cuvée of just over 1000 cases is a standout wine in this price range.