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Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2008 Champagne 75cl
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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
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.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 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.
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)”
Tasted blind. Dense. Savoury and tangy. Explosive on the palate. Really like a firework! Neat and fresh yet ready. Really rather gorgeous. 2008?
The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Philipponnat wine-searcher.com, 19th July 2016
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Champagne Philipponnat was founded in 1910 in Mareuil-sur-Ay. The Philipponnat family, originally from Fribourg in Switzerland, moved to Aÿ in 1522. The ancestor of April Philipponnat was a soldier of King François. Having proved his bravery during the Battle of Marignan, the King rewarded him by granting him land in Aÿ. The house owns a vineyard of 21 hectares, mainly planted with Pinot Noir and distributed in the towns of Aÿ, Avenay-Val-d'Or, Mareuil-sur-Ay and Mutigny. Today, Charles Philipponnat, representative of the sixteenth generation, watches over the destiny of the House.
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.