1996 Philipponnat "Clos des Goisses" Brut Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1277626 97 points Vinous

 Next up is Philipponnat’s 1996 Clos de Goisses. Tasted from magnum, the 1996 is remarkably fresh, vibrant and powerful. This is a great bottle. (AG)  (12/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s Clos des Goisses dinner. Disgorged September 2005, this ’96 is adorned with a sublime; minerally nose with flint and chalk dust, a bouquet that really transports you momentarily to the vineyard where it was born. With time: hints of hazelnut and dandelion. The palate has a soft, understated entry, quite creamy in texture with green apple, kiwi, a touch of pear and lime, yet it is the mineral heart of the ’96 that sticks on the memory. Refined and effortless on the finish. Even better than previous bottles that I have encountered. Brilliant. Drink now-2020+. (NM)  (3/2010)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 One of the most powerful wines of the 1996 vintage, Clos des Goisses grew at the famed walled vineyard in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. There the vines provide a direct connection between the limestone soil and the wine, the same kind of uncompromised connection that the riesling vines provide at Clos Ste. Hune in Alsace. The tension in the wine is palpable, even after it delivers a blast of flavor, a flavor that might be described as quince paste made of limestone, with so much acidity to balance it that the flavor intensity lasts for minutes and feels cool and clean. This '96 may be best left in the cellar for another ten years before you pop the cork.  (12/2006)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Leesy, deeply pungent aromas of buttered pear and apple, with a strong impression of jasmine. Deeply concentrated and powerful on the palate, the pear flavor almost liqueur-like in intensity, with a solid frame of minerality and a building toffee note. Finishes with a depth charge of talc-y minerality and a lingering impression of sweet butter. Don't even think of opening one of these for at least another five years. (JR)  (11/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Hints of orange marmalade vie with whole-grain bread and roasted almond in this dry, mealy Champagne. Turns austere on the finish, but has intensity, so enjoy with food. (BS)  (11/2006)

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