Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2009

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2009
We are delighted to announce the worldwide release of Champagne Philipponnat’s iconic hillside single vineyard from the 2009 vintage.

Famed for its longevity and loved for its breadth, depth and sheer complexity, Clos des Goisses is the original Champagne lovers’ fine wine. Its history as a single vineyard Champagne stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century and it has been owned by the Philipponnat family since 1935. It was truly the first of its kind; a vineyard that proved greatness could be achieved in Champagne without recourse to blending. In the intervening years just a handful of vintages have proved too difficult for this monumental vineyard to produce a wine worthy of Grand Vin status.

Following on from the extraordinary, runaway success of the 2008 vintage, one couldn’t help but wonder what tricks the 5.5ha Clos des Goisses could conjure for 2009. For a start the blend is back to the more classical Goisses proportions with 69% Pinot Noir to Chardonnay’s 31%. As ever malolactic fermentation was entirely avoided, and to further enhance freshness, only 37% of this year’s blend was aged in wood. The wine spent eight years ageing sur lie before disgorgement in March 2018.

The result is, in the words of Charles Philipponnat “Perhaps even more of a true Clos des Goisses than the exceptional 2008”.

The flavour profile of the 2009 is wonderfully pure - the vintage was one of the healthiest harvests on record – while structurally this is as regal as you’d expect from a great Clos des Goisses. It is impeccably balanced. The pure chalk soils seems particularly present in the 2009, bringing control and freshness to the keenly rendered flavours of red and black berry fruit. With time these should gently evolve into cacao, orange, chocolate - ripe flavours but without the intrusion of botrytis or excessive glycerol. Full and powerful but with an ever present spine of acidity and minerality, the wine reminds Charles Philipponnat of their 1989; a ripe, sunny vintage with little ‘fat’ – though of course the 2009 will have benefited from far more precise winemaking.

“Over the past 18 years we’ve made many improvements to our winemaking process. As a result the wines we are making these days are more precise, they have more freshness and more pixels than they used to have in the past. And of course, 2009 is a ripe vintage but it also has surprising freshness. More than the 1989 had at the time. We’ve achieved this by cutting out any oxidation in the winemaking, by using smaller casks, using lower dosage, systematising the non-malo-lactic character – all elements that help to preserve the freshness and purity inherently found our steep, south facing pure chalk terroir.” Charles Philipponnat.

Please note quantities are limited.

2009
 
6x75cl
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£625.00 ep
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3x150cl
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£640.00 ep
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1x300cl
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£650.00 ep
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