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Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Extra Brut 2008 (750ML)

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98 VM / 96+ WA / 96 DE / 95 WS / 18 JR

One of the highlights of this important Champagne vintage, Philipponnat's 2008 Extra Brut Clos des Goisses is fabulous. Rich, ample and yet also full of the tension that makes the Champagnes of this year so appealing, the 2008 Goisses is crystalline and incredibly pure. Clos des Goisses has a track record of aging brilliantly for decades. Even knowing that, I am surprised by how harmonious the 2008 is at this early stage in its life. Yes, there is plenty of youthful austerity, but at the same time, the 2008 is remarkably poised and has more than enough mid-palate creaminess to play off the bright, salivating acids. Don't miss it! Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. Antonio Galloni – Vinous Media

From a cooler, fresher vintage and based on more Chardonnay than usual (55%), with 45% Pinot Noir, the Philipponnat 2008 Clos des Goisses Extra-Brut shows an exciting bouquet of bright fruits, crushed chalk, bread and iodine notes. On the palate, this is an excitingly vibrant, fresh and chalky Clos with lovely citrus and cumquat flavors on the finish. The 2008 is very complex, bright, super clear and fresh, with a tightly woven structure but still great finesse and elegance. This is a fabulous Clos for the next three decades. The dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. Disgorged in April 2017 (?), tasted at the domaine in April 2018. Stephan Reinhardt – The Wine Advocate

Shimmering pale gold with green flecks. The slight majority of Chardonnay is a fine decision, as unlike a lot of '08s, the wine is already a pleasure to drink - but it will continue to live a long and distinguished life. Terrific expression of a complex range of citrus scents, confit of lemon and a touch of bergamot. The palate is stunning, with a promise of burgeoning flavours into the 2030s. The fruit is ideally, subtly ripe in classic cooler conditions, but also mineral-stamped in the Clos' tradition. The 2008 has everything - a true great.

Refined and seamless, showing effortless integration of the expressive, chalk-tinged minerality, the frame of sleek acidity, and the flavors of poached apple, pastry dough, orchard blossom, ground ginger and graphite carried on a delicate mousse. Impressive for the finesse and grace it projects today, but the restrained power here suggests a long future in the cellar. Disgorged April 2017. Drink now through 2035. 2,300 cases made, 750 cases imported. - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator

Pale gold, gorgeously rich fruit – peach and honeyed citrus with light yeasty notes. Creamy and shot through with citrus intensity, perhaps a hint of bergamot. With all this depth of flavour, the freshness is notable and perfectly balanced. Charles Philipponnat showed this alongside the 1996 (a 50/50 blend) as he thinks they were quite similar vintages, though some 1996s, he noted, 'have collapsed and left only acidity'. He also explained that in his experience, it is not just acidity that contributes to longevity but also 'the purity of aroma'. Hence my long drinking window here. Going back to this later: the aromas have developed to include a slight suggestion of ginger and honeycomb and it went extremely – unexpectedly – well with the goat's cheese salad. This is clean limbed and very pure. (JH) Jancis Robinson

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