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Philipponnat : Clos des Goisses 1998

Philipponnat : Clos des Goisses 1998

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Philipponnat : Clos des Goisses 1998

A powerful, complex and refined champagne by Philipponnat

The producer

Established for nearly five centuries in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, the Philipponnat Champagne House is one of the historic names in the Champagne region. Singularity, excellence, generosity and simplicity are the values that guide this house, which has remained a family-owned business. Owned by the house since 1935, the mythical Clos des Goisses is one of the oldest and most prestigious plots in the Champagne region. This utter gem is the source of rare and exceptionally powerful champagnes.

The vineyard

The Philipponnat Champagne house reigns over an exceptional 20-hectare vineyard composed of Premiers and Grands Crus in Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Avenay. The Clos des Goisses spreads across 5.83 hectares of vines and is situated on a 45° slope and planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. The name stems from the old Champagne dialect "gois", which means a very steep hillside. Resting on pure chalk soils and facing south, the Clos des Goisses is one of the warmest terroirs in the Champagne region. The plot’s average temperatures are 1.5°C higher than in the rest of the region. Due to its steep slope, the Clos des Goisses vineyard is worked by hand and the plots are rigorously monitored, excluding the use of synthetic herbicides and insecticides. The soil is worked with ploughing and weeding.

Vinification and ageing

Partial vinification in wood. Malolactic fermentation is not carried out in order to preserve the natural acidity of the wine and to offset the powerful expression of the terroir. This champagne is aged for several years in the cellars of Maison Philipponnat.

The blend

The 1998 Clos des Goisses by Philipponnat is comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay.

Clos des Goisses 1998: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Colour

The robe reveals an intense golden colour. The effervescence is fine and delicate.

Nose

The nose is very complex with notes of ripe fruit and flowers, enhanced by smoky and mineral notes.

Palate

The palate is seduced by this champagne’s power and intense minerality.

Service

In order to let it express its full potential, it best to decant Clos des Goisses 1998 by Philipponnat before tasting it.

Cellaring

Having reached perfect maturity after a lengthy ageing period in the house’s cellars, this refined champagne will continue to evolve over the decades to come, provided it is stored in the appropriate conditions.

Wine critic
Philipponnat : Clos des Goisses 1998
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J. Robinson
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
The estate's 1998 Clos des Goisses could not possibly be more different than the 1999. This is a wonderfully dense, richly-textured Clos des Goisses with a deep, baritone-like expression of fruit. Ripe apricots, honey and flowers flow from the glass, followed by suggestions of smoke, mint and minerals that add further complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. This is a powerful, masculine Clos des Goisses that will repay cellaring although it is awfully hard to resist even at this early stage. The 1998 Clos des Goisses is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, partially fermented in oak. This bottle was disgorged in March 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023.
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