"A Champagne of extraordinary elegance and finesse"
2012 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses

Posted by Ian McFadden

Many consider Clos des Goisses to be Champagne's greatest site.

It is an extremely steep and extremely chalky vineyard. The wines that Philipponnat issues from this site possess incredible structure and serious finesse.  

photo of Champagne Vineyard

Clos des Goisses is an unusually warm site. The combination of being a steep and south-facing vineyard helps make Goisses considerably warmer than its neighbors. This helps make Clos des Goisses an absolutely unique experience of straining chalk imbued power and aristocratic breeding. It is easily among the longest lived and most complicated wines in all of Champagne.

As Antonio Galloni's note above makes clear, the 2012 Clos des Goisses stands out with its finesse and poise. The wine combines a raw power paired with an energy, agility, and class that drives home just how special this wine is. 

While Clos des Goisses is often thought of as an "insiders" wine, an epic wine that cruises under-the-radar, our offers are always met with strong responses. Yields in 2012 were considerable down and we have less of the wine than usual. We encourage you to get your orders in early. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2012 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses is a Champagne of extraordinary elegance and finesse. Silky and aromatic, the 2012 impresses with its mid-weight, refined personality. Hints of kirsch, red plum, flowers and chamomile open gently in the glass. Clos des Goisses is often a rich, vinous Champagne, but the 2012 comes across as restrained and understated in all the right ways. Its aging potential will be measured in decades not years. Sadly, severe spring frost took with it a startling 50% of the crop. According to Charles Philipponnat Pinot fared better than Chardonnay. Ultimately, though, the Goisses blend is a typical two-thirds Pinot and one-third Chardonnay. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter."