2006 Philipponnat "Clos de Goisses" Brut Champagne

SKU #1253592 96 points Vinous

 The 2006 Clos des Goisses is stellar, but it is also going to need quite a bit of time to come into its own. Powerful and ample in the best of the Goisses style, the 2006 hits the palate with serious intensity. Orchard fruits, lemon oil, white flowers and almonds are some of the many notes that open up in the glass, but, as is often the case with young Goisses, it is the wine's gravitas that is front and center. Even with all of its overtness, though, the 2006 retains striking, crystalline purity. I imagine the 2006 will reward Champagne lovers with many decades of truly exceptional drinking. The only thing the 2006 needs is time. The question is: How much? (AG)  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A statuesque Champagne, with a firm, well-sculpted frame swathed in a fine and creamy mousse, featuring notes of yellow plum, pastry, candied ginger and spring blossom. Delivers a long, chalky finish. Disgorged October 2015. Drink now through 2030. (AN, Web-2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Firm straw colour. Really distinctive nose – rather minerally and intense. Soars out of the glass. The bead is just a little coarse and the wine positively screams for attention. Although the dosage is so low, the wine actually tastes quite rich, although it finishes very firmly and dry. A really personality-laden wine. A whole percentage point more potent than most. Kerpow! 18/20 points (JR)  (7/2016)

K&L Notes

This particular parcel, in Mareuil-sur-Ay, only has a wall at the very bottom and is, in actuality, a precariously steep hill located on a giant lump of chalk—the name comes from “angoisse,” which means “terror” or “anxiety.” It is also two degrees centigrade warmer than neighboring vineyards, due to the south-facing, 40-degree grade.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
On Monday, September 12, I had the rare opportunity to taste the wines of the “the Clos.” Regarded as the top “Clos” in Champagne by many, “Clos de Goisses” has been owned by Philipponnat since 1935, and was planted to mostly Pinot Noir in the 1950s. Up to this point in the tasting, this was the richest of the selections, with pastry dough, baked apple and ginger scents. Somewhat brighter on the palate, with dark, yellow fruits, caramel, and baking spices. Super solid.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 13