Champagne Aoc Clos de Goisses (single box)
Price unit 160.00€
Type Sparkling Vintage 2005 Region Champagne Producer Philipponnat Wine Advocate - Wine Spectator 92 Available: 4
The first clos and first terroir to be vini ed and blended separately, Clos des Goisses is unique and instantly recognisable for its extremely steep slope. Its walled 5.5 hectare vineyard is not only the oldest in Champagne, but also the steepest, at 45°. This explains the origin of its name: in the local dialect, "Gois" means a very steep slope. This exceptional terroir with chalky soil is ideally situated facing due South, on Mareuil-sur-Ay’s best hillside.
This vintage was marked by contrasts: frost and dryness in winter, rainfall and warmth during the growing season, and a harvest of hot, particularly dry weather. It imparts a pleasant surprising quality to this powerful, intense, and exceedingly generous wine.
A truly special site, this is a majestic Champagne that has superb darker notes of brulée, roasted almonds and lightly spiced caramel, plus blue fruit aromas, cassis and mineral flecked earth. The palate's really rich and structurally powerful; it has a long and chiseled shape that drives deep and long. Powerful yet supple and curvaceous, seductive texture. A great Champagne. - James Suckling
The Philipponnat family had been growing grapes and vinifying wine in the Marne Valley from the mid-19th century until Pierre and Auguste Philipponnat relocated to the 18th century cellars of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1910. Two years later, they appointed chef de culture, Louis Boland, the man who sagely advised Philippe Philipponnat to purchase “Les Goisses” that had been virtually abandoned since the First World War.
Philipponnat decided to bottle the wines separately and this little-known Champagne was labeled “Vin de Goisses” or “Les Goisses” until Raymond Beaudoin, who founded Revue du Vins des France, proposed its present title.
The house of Philipponnat - which owns 44 prime acres in and around Mareuil-sur-Ay, its base of operations ever since having completed a new press house and cellar there in 2004 - is headed by Charles Philipponat, although it's owned by the group that controls Champagne Bruno Paillard Philipponnat.
Philipponnat is primarily a Pinot Noir house, and its vineyards are in prime Pinot Noir territory: Mareuil sur Aÿ, Aÿ, Avenay, and Mutigny. However, all cuvées contain at least 30% Chardonnay for freshness. Its 20 hectares of vineyards represent about a third of its total needs, with the rest being bought in from growers.
Production is currently around 600–700 000 bottles a year and quality is impeccable across the range.
The world renowned flagship, Clos des Goisses, is fashioned from a self-owned single “cru” of steep hillsides facing south, one of the only two in the world. Produced only in exceptional vintages by the strictest standard of the cellar masters, Clos des Goisses is blessed with unparalleled richness, power, length, complexity, and ageing potential, a wine in the truest sense of form.
There's high demand for this low volume wine and it ages magnificently well.
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