At the heart of Clos des Goisses
The Clos des Goisses, a pure chalk hillside recognisable for its extremely steep slope (45°) and south-facing aspect, is unique in Champagne. Each year we produce a vintage of the Clos des Goisses cuvée from this vineyard situated at the heart of the Champagne hillsides that are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Some of the vintages in this collection, virtually uninterrupted since 1935, are also available in a “Long Vieillissement” or L.V. (Long Ageing) version. Finally, for those curious to discover the characteristics of this vineyard unlike any other, the single-plot interpretation “Les Cintres” offers you a window into its very soul.
CLOS DES GOISSES 2014
Coming from the most exceptional hillside in Champagne, Clos des Goisses 2014 has been aged for eight years on the lees in the House’s historic wine cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay. Its extra-brut dosage (4.25 g/litre) gives full expression to this exceptional vineyard’s vinosity and minerality.
A very fine wine before being a fine Champagne, Clos des Goisses 2014 is a memorable match for strong-flavoured dishes. It is a perfect pairing for fish or lobster, and then soft cheeses in a few years’ time. Bottles will often benefit from being decanted into a carafe.
Clos des Goisses 2014 is a beautiful golden colour, and has a very fresh, expressive nose with notes of yellow fruit, mirabelle plum and greengage leading into floral notes and a slightly toasted finish. On the palate it is fruit-driven and intense, with an enveloping texture and notes of fresh fruit, honey and linden.
CLOS DES GOISSES L.V. 1998 COLLECTION
“L.V. ”. These two letters conceal treasures preserved by Philipponnat since the end of the last century. Like a hallmark, these initials standing for Long Vieillissement (long ageing) are a sign of recognition for lovers of unique Champagnes. Clos des Goisses L.V. 1998 is a tribute to the ageing of wine, a promise of unrivalled quality and exclusivity. This timeless Champagne has rested for a quarter of a century in the depths of the House’s cellars. Available in very limited quantities, Clos des Goisses L.V. 1998 perfectly reveals the unique freshness of this pure chalk hillside.
A blend of Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay (30%), Clos des Goisses L.V. 1998 is intense in colour with a delicate, fine mousse. The nose is beautifully complex, with notes of candied fruit and orange peel accompanied by hints of toast and smoke. This powerful Clos des Goisses has a rather masculine character, with appealing complexity and mineral intensity.
LES CINTRES 2012
Les Cintres 2012 is produced from the first pressing of grapes from the Les Grands Cintres and Les Petits Cintres plots, at the heart of the Clos des Goisses. Pinot Noir reigns supreme here, the only grape variety to feature in this vintage. It is vinified according to tradition, in wooden barrels.
With its exceptional aromatic character, this cuvée is a subtle match for lobster, langoustines and fish. Its robust structure and length enhance white meats, and after a few more years it will be an elegant match for stews and cheeses. Serve chilled at 8 to 9°C as an aperitif or 10 to 12°C to accompany a meal.
Les Cintres 2012 is recognisable for its pale gold colour and lovely effervescence with a persistent ring of bubbles. On the nose, it is elegant and fruit-driven, with notes of cherry and raspberry brandy, and delivers a generous finish with hints of honey. On the palate, initial aromas of raspberry lead into notes of bilberry and black cherry. The finish is long, and stays beautifully fresh.