Philipponnat 2009 'Clos de Goisses' Brut, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ Grand Cru, Champagne, France
Philipponnat 2009 'Clos de Goisses' Brut, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ Grand Cru, Champagne
The Philipponnat family has continuously owned vineyards in the heart of Champagne for nearly 500 years, and is synonymous with arguably the greatest single terroir in the region, Clos de Goisses. From 1935 until 1979 (with the introduction of Krug's Clos de Mesnil), it was the only single vineyard Champagne in the region. Its walled 5.5 hectares vineyard is not only the oldest in Champagne, but also the steepest, at 45°. This explains the origin of its name: in the local dialect, "Gois" means a very steep slope. This exceptional terroir with chalky soil is ideally situated facing due South, on Mareuil-sur-Ay’s best hillside. British Champagne expert Tom Stevenson says that “there can be no doubt that Clos des Goisses boasts the most climatically distinct, naturally occurring and expressive terroir in Champagne.”
A blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay, the wine is vinified traditionally. Partial vinification occurs in wooden barrels (37%), leading to more complexity without premature oxidation. There is no malolactic fermentation, which enables the wine’s natural acidity to compensate the powerful character of the terroir. Extended aging occurs for about 8 years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the House’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay. Dosage is Extra Brut (4.25 g/litre), giving full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.