An homage to the year Philipponnat founded, 1522 is a from some of the houses' best grand cru vines. 70% Pinot Noir for the "Le Leon" parcel in Ay and also from Mailly, along with 30% Chardonnay from Verzy. 2012 is the first vintage since 2009 because Philipponnat chose not to make this Cuvee in 2010 and 2011 due to quality standards. 1522 is partially vinified in oak barrels with no Malolactic fermentation, which builds tremendous complexity with age while retaining freshness. The dosage here is low at 4.25 g/l as to not mask the Champagne's expression on the palate. 2012 spent eight years on the lees and is very fresh, concentrated, and precise with huge cellar potential. 2012 will be an incredible vintage for this wine, especially since this is a Pinot Noir dominant blend and should undoubtedly be one of the top vintages for this Cuvee of all time.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 94 points! "Disgorged in February 2020 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Extra-Brut Grand Cru Cuvée 1522 is already showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with hints of golden orchard fruit, fresh peach, honeycomb and blanched almonds. Full-bodied, vinous and concentrated, it's elegantly muscular, with terrific depth at the core, racy acids and a seamless profile. Given its very recent disgorgement, it's surprisingly open, but it will nonetheless reward bottle age."