Philipponnat

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Grand Cru Extra-Brut 2009

R3,495

A wine icon – Another brilliantly ripe and complex vintage cuvée for champagne’s most exceptional hillside vineyard – the best kept secret in Champagne!

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Champagne Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Producer

Philipponnat

Product Type

Champagne

Vintage

2009

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Champagne

Critics Top Rating

96 points

Story

Story

Based in Mareuil sur Ay, in Montagne de Reims, Philipponnat holds a long history tracing back to 1522, and at some stage supplied the King of France Louis XIV.

Their approach is based on their exceptional Terroir, enabling them great maturity to deliver flavourful, powerful and well-balanced Champagne. The house is one of the most prestigious of Champagne, ranked as #18 most admired brand by Drinks Business Magazine in 2019. To many, the house remains one of the best kept secret in Champagne!

The Clos des Goisses is the pride of the house. The first clos and first terroir to be vinified and blended separately, Clos des Goisses is unique and instantly recognisable for its extremely steep slope. Its walled 5.5 hectares 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.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend: 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay.

Vinification: Traditional, partial vinification in wooden barrels (37%) leads to more complexity without premature oxidation. There is no malolactic fermentation, which enables the wine’s natural acidity to compensate the powerful character of the terroir.

Aging: Extended aging for about 8 years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the House’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay.

Dosage Extra Brut (4.25 g/litre) gives full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.

2009: A ripe year with great contrasts, which finished very well! After a severe winter, spring was stormy. Mild, wet weather was conducive to outbreaks of mildew. Luckily five weeks of warm, dry weather just before the grape harvest led to exceptional grape soundness. The vintage was fruit-laden with moderate acidity. There was more sunshine during the year than in 2008, with levels approaching those of 2002. Harvest from 13 to 16 September.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

To the eye: Bright gold, with fine, delicate froth mousse.

With the nose:  Initially the nose is very expressive and complex, with spicy, toasted notes of chili and pepper. On being aerated it reveals fruit-laden aromas of Morello, Amarena and black cherries.

With the mouth: Fresh and mineral-driven. The fruity notes of Morello cherry and spices are apparent on the finish. An intense, well-structured wine with a wonderfully long finish.

Food pairing: Clos des Goisses is a very fine wine before being a very fine champagne. A perfect and unforgettable match for strong-flavoured dishes such as game, truffles, caviar and soft cheeses. When young, it is an equally good match with shellfish and white meats. Young bottles will often benefit from being decanted into a carafe.

Storage: Cellar aged for nine years and put on the market only when perfectly mature, it can then be kept for several decades and will continue to develop magnificently in the right conditions.

Critics ratings

Critics ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 96+ points

‘The 2009 Extra Brut Clos des Goisses is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with aromas of warm bread, fresh peach, ripe citrus fruit, lemon confit and fresh pastry. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack that segues into a muscular, tight-knit core that’s multidimensional and intensely mineral, concluding with a long finish. Only 20,000 bottles were produced—in other words, half the legal yield. This is a serious, structured Clos des Goisses that transcends the vintage’s tendency to facility, and it will merit and reward extended bottle age.’


James Suckling – 94 points

’19 Jul, 2018 – Super complex and rich, this smells regal with toasted brioche and praline, as well as preserved-lemon, fresh-fig and biscuity notes. The palate is full and round with a chalky core that delivers a long, dry and powerful finish. Drink or hold.’


Vinous – 96 points

‘The 2009 Clos des Goisses has been very tight in two recent tastings, which is probably a very good thing for its long-term prospects, but less so for readers seeking the immediacy that is common in so many 2009 Champagnes. White flowers, orchard fruit, mint white pepper and citrus peel add to the wine’s bright profile. Readers should plan on being extremely patient, as the 2009 Goisses does not show much, if any, early appeal, even if the density and textural persistence of the great years are both there. The 2009 is 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. (AG)’  (7/2019)


Jancis Robinson – 18/20

‘Really vibrant and aromatic nose. Quite evolved – rich without being sweet. Vibrant and refreshing but very much a food wine with notes of mushrooms. I could imagine enjoying this with guinea fowl in a creamy morel sauce. Perfection! Savoury and rich at the same time. Very dense. None of the looseness of some 2009s. Tight persistent bead. 18/20 points. (JR) ‘ (9/2018)

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