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Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2009

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Description & Technical Information
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The Philipponnat family, originally from Switzerland, settled in Champagne in the middle of the 16th century. Their history as vine-growers is believed to have begun in 1522, but the house as we know it today wasn't officially founded until 1910. Pierre Philipponnat established his house in a difficult era, with the Champagne Riots, a World War, and the Great Depression incoming. But the house's fortunes changed in 1935, when Pierre acquired what would eventually become one of Champagne's greatest treasures and one of the world's greatest wines - a little-known, steep-sloping, south-facing vineyard called Clos des Goisses, which is still the jewel in the Philipponnat crown today.

In 1997, the house was purchased by Bruno Paillard, becoming part of what is now the Lanson-BCC Group. Although Philipponnat has lost family ownership, it is now back under family management, after Paillard convinced sixteenth generation Charles Philipponnat to come and run the business his grandfather had founded 90 years earlier. Alongside cellar master Thierry Garnier, who has been with Philipponnat since 1993, Charles has been busy establishing a more Pinot-dominant house style, much-loved by connoisseurs. Philipponnat are also celebrated in the trade for printing disgorgement dates on their labels, which they have been doing since 1996. Today, Philipponnat enjoys growing acclaim from both wine critics and the world of haute cuisine.

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. 2009 yielded 19805 bottles in total.

Weather: The 2009 harvest began with a particularly cold winter but mild spring temperatures helped avoid any frost damage. Some stormy spells boosted the vegetation in late spring and June and July were altogether variable with hot spells and rainy patches. The glorious August weather was perfect for the grapes growth, hot and dry days followed by cool nights led to rapid maturation. Harvest began on September 8th and ended on the 21st.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% 1er Cru, Mareuil-sur-Ay - Single vineyard: Clos des Goisses
Grape Varieties: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: March 2018
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2029

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.
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Expert Reviews
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Antonio Galloni
“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. Disgorged: March, 2018.”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Made every year, including 2001 – 7,000 bottles! (But none in 1984.) The 2009 is the current release (2010 to be released in September 2019). Disgorged March 2018. Dosage 4.5 g/l. 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay. pH 3.25.
Quite rich and very seductive. Low acid. Long and comforting.”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay. A bit less barrel fermentation than usual (just 37%), presumably because of the richness of the vintage. Aged for eight years on the lees. Disgorged March 2018. Dosage 4.25 g/l.
Tasted blind. Deeper straw – so 2009? Hint of dill pickle and some sweetness. Not really together, slightly sickly on the end. Unintegrated.
Drink 2018-2026”
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“69% Pinot Noir, 31% Chardonnay. Eight years' ageing on lees. Dosage 4.5 g/l. Disgorged March 2018.
Tasted blind. This wine seemed to be the odd one out. Very pale pink note. Vivacious bead. Not much nose but obviously tightly knit and then with lots of acidity and beeriness. Some oakiness evident. Not the most impressive. Slightly sweaty nose. Softer than most.
Drink 2019-2027”
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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