2007 PHILIPPONNAT CLOS des GOISSES BRUT- 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay; as indicated on the back label, it was bottled in June 2008 and disgorged in September 2016 at 4.5% g/pl; I just had to open another young champagne to get a read on it and am I glad to have done so here; it is absolutely fabulous; fresh citrus dominates the aromatics and continues on in the taste profile along with spice, ginger, saline and more specifically, lemon zest; it had a medium full body, a creamy mousse and all of the treasures staying the course through the finish; I liked that it was not sweet; it`s nicely acidic which should allow for ageing and a lovely mature expression.
Now the challenge is for me to keep my hands off the other bottles for a few years. Wish me luck!
Good for you Neal. I’m a big fan of CdG having first got turned on to them with the 90 vintage. A good friend represented them for years and cellared tons. Ive been fortunate to drink many with him in addition to the few I buy. The 96`s should be stellar.
The vineyard is a must visit should you go to the region. It`s steep and a hefty climb, but with a glass of CdG in hand as we had, it was easy.
Thanks for the note Blake. I’ve been a regular fan of Clos des Goisses since the ‘88, but stopped buying after the '02. It priced itself out of my comfort zone. Still have a stash of '96 and '02 in the cellar. Reading your reports are a vicarious thrill.
Great to hear from you on this David. I understand the pricing issue. I`ve personally elevated this release into the grand marque category and then it makes more sense to buy it relatively speaking. Don’t you just love my rationalization?
Sounds perfectly rational to me Blake! Clos des Goisses plays in the same sandbox with similarly-priced wines so in all fairness it wasn’t the value per se that stopped me. Just so many $$ in my budget for grand marque Champagne and Krug has been sucking them up of late.
Well if I’m ever short on style all I need to do is read a couple of your posts Blake. You have a knack for just the right mix of TN, background wine info, and personal anecdote. Plus the pictures bring your gatherings to life. Living vicariously through them, keep it up.
Well, youre certainly not short of positive energy and vibes David. Appreciate your feedback and encouragement to keep up the notes. I’m blessed to have so many opportunities and wonderful friends who share great wines often.