The flagship 2002 Brut Clos des Goisses is simply stunning in this vintage. Seamless, ripe and beguiling, the 2002 is pure harmony in the glass. Dried pears, apricots, flowers, red berries and spices are some of the many notes that inform this towering, aristocratic wine. At once vertical yet endowed with serious length, the 2002 stands out for its breathtaking balance and overall sense of harmony. Layers of fruit built to the huge, creamy finish. This is a great showing from Philipponnat.
Tightly knit and firm, this is lightly chalky in texture, but shows a sense of finesse overall, offering notes of ripe poached apple and pear, black currant, blanched almond, licorice and ground anise.
“This has been one of my favorite Champagne Sources for many years.”
For nearly 500 years, the Philipponnat family has been growing grapes from the soils in Champagne. The famed Champagne house began as a grower and supplier of the wines of Louis XIV’s court. The winery is particularly known for its Clos de Goisses vintage cuvées which are grown on a historical, 13.6 acre vineyard called Mont de Mareuil. Located on a 45 degree slope facing south, the Mont de Mareuil provides the Mareuil-sur- Ay region of Champagne with the warmest terroir. All of their 42 total acres of vineyards are Premier or Grand Cru, but what makes Philipponnat unique in the cellar is that they use a form of solera system aging for their reserve, non-vintage wine blends. They claim to be the first to indicate the prominent year of the NV blends, dosage level, and disgorging date on the back label. Philipponnat’s range of wine is some of the finest Champagne on the market today.
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