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Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002 Champagne 75cl
|Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002 - 75cl||Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002 - 75cl||£247.95
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
News Article: Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2002 placed sixth in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Clos des Goisses
Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: June 2011
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2029
Tasting Note: The 2002 season was a near-perfect vintage, especially for this tiny plot in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Clos des Goisses 2002 is a deep golden colour. On the nose aromas of Pinot Noir are prominent with hints of fruits and honey. The palate is full of flavour with the fruit complexity shining through. With such a remarkably long-lasting finish, this champagne will age exceptionally well.
Dark pinky gold. Very rich and interesting. Bit of a wild card. Philipponat? Really interesting wine (rather than champagne). Tastes of toffee apple. Really interesting with a hint of wild flowers. Long.”
The House now owns seventeen hectares of vines, all situated in the Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of Avenay, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Traditional methods of harvest such as working the soil through horse ploughing and hoeing by hand are still observed at Champagne Philipponnat today. Their techniques of partial fermentation in oak and partial malolactic fermentation result in a complex and long-lived style of champagne. They were also one of the first producers to print disgorgement dates on the label of their bottles, commencing this practice in the mid-1990s.
Cellar Master: Thierry Garnier
Winery Location: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Vallée de la Marne
Annual Production (bottles): 700,000
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The know-how Philipponnat expresses itself in particular is the principle of solera under wood. Tradition of the house since time immemorial, it involves keeping reserve wines in oak casks and reintroducing them in non-vintage blends (at a proportion of a quarter to a third), then using this blend as a reserve wine for the following blend. In this way, a gradual dilution makes it possible to keep in each bottle the trace of the vintages assembled since the origin. Each head winemaker has endeavoured to transmit this know-how to their successor.
Philipponnat was also the first house to specify on its counter-labels the dominant ‘base’ year in the composition of its non-vintage champagne, the dosage and the date of disgorgement, thus communicating to its prescribers and consumers the identity of each cuvée.