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Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2008

Mix 12
£318.00
Mix 6
£320.00
Per Bottle
£324.00
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Description & Technical Information
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The jewel in the Champagne Philipponnat crown is a tiny 5.5-hecatre single walled vineyard called Clos des Goisses. Acquired in 1935, Pierre Philipponnat was quick to realise the potential of this unique plot and immediately started producing a single vineyard blend. Originally named Vin des Goisses, it was changed to Clos de Goisses in 1959 and thus the category of Clos champagnes (produced from grapes within walled vineyards) was born. Clos des Goisses is truly iconic: situated by the Marne canal, it is a steep-sloping, south-facing vineyard with an inclination of 35-45 degrees that can only be fully appreciated by visiting. Gois, means a very steep slope. Due to its size, production is limited to a maximum of 55,000 bottles each year. 2008 produced 23779 bottles.

Weather: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% 1er Cru Mareuil-sur-Ay - Clos des Goisses
Grape Varieties: 45% Pinot Noir, 55% Chardonnay
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Disgorged: April 2017
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Elegant and light gold colour with a fine stream of bubbles. The palate has an abundance of fruits and citrus, with delicate hints of brioche and vanilla. A creamy mousse on the midpalate combines with honey and gentle spices. A stunning example from 2008, from a magnificent single vineyard.
Champagne Philipponnat Overview
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Expert Reviews
98/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2008 Clos des Goisses is just as impressive today as it has always been. Rich, dense and explosive, the 2008 exists in three dimensions, with remarkable textural depth and vertical intensity to burn. Clos des Goisses is notoriously slow to develop. Readers who can be patient will be treated to a spectacular Champagne. The blend is 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, which makes the 2008 a rare Clos des Goisses that favors Chardonnay. About 75% of the lots were fermented in oak. Disgorged April 2017. Dosage is 4.25 grams per liter.”
18/20
Julia Harding MW
“45% Pinot Noir, 55% Chardonnay - this is exceptional for Clos des Goisses, which is usually about two-thirds Pinot Noir. They thought the Chardonnay was particularly good in this vintage (plus they had uprooted some Pinot in 2001/02 and are waiting for the replanted vines to mature). Disgorged April 2017 – this is the first of (probably) three disgorgements. Dosage always 4.25 g/l, whatever the vintage.
Pale gold, gorgeously rich fruit – peach and honeyed citrus with light yeasty notes. Creamy and shot through with citrus intensity, perhaps a hint of bergamot. With all this depth of flavour, the freshness is notable and perfectly balanced. Charles Philipponnat showed this alongside the 1996 (a 50/50 blend) as he thinks they were quite similar vintages, though some 1996s, he noted, 'have collapsed and left only acidity'. He also explained that in his experience, it is not just acidity that contributes to longevity but also 'the purity of aroma'. Hence my long drinking window here. Going back to this later: the aromas have developed to include a slight suggestion of ginger and honeycomb and it went extremely – unexpectedly – well with the goat's cheese salad. This is clean limbed and very pure. (JH)”
18+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“All from this grand cru enclosed vineyard. 45% Pinot Noir, 55% Chardonnay; 75% in oak, no malo. Aged for 10 years on the lees. Disgorged April 2017. Dosage 4.25 g/l – always! Charles Philipponnat thinks 2008 is like 1996.
Tasted blind. Dense. Savoury and tangy. Explosive on the palate. Really like a firework! Neat and fresh yet ready. Really rather gorgeous. 2008?
Drink 2017-2030”
News Articles
  1. Philipponnat: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Philipponnat: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    May 6, 2019

    "The biggest challenge was not making too much!" With an abundance of ripe and healthy grapes, Philipponnat had a successful harvest in 2018, a vintage which sixteenth generation family member Charles Philipponnat likens to 1995, 2009 and 2012.
  2. Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    Single Vineyard Champagne: Fad or Future?

    January 19, 2019

    Since the early 21st century, a quiet revolution has been occurring in Champagne, and the ever-burgeoning demand for artisanal, hand-crafted cuvées continues to flourish. What are the origins of single vineyard champagnes, why are they so popular, and are they a fad or the future?
  3. Philipponnat: 2017 Vins Clairs and new Clos des Goisses 2009

    Philipponnat: 2017 Vins Clairs and new Clos des Goisses 2009

    May 9, 2018

    Charles Philipponnat describes 2017 as a "funny vintage". We visited the house of Philipponnat to taste the vins clairs and find out just what he means. Whilst there, we also sampled an incredible range of champagnes, including new Clos des Goisses 2009.
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