Preview: Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2007

Charles Philipponnat gave a preview of the new Clos des Goisses to come at Bordeaux Index in London. Skipped by many houses, the 2007 is an overlooked vintage that offers a welcome fresh style after several preceding vintages characterised by ripeness.

A warm winter and spring meant an early harvest. Clos des Goisses grapes were picked between September 3rd and 7th at an average potential alcohol level of 10,99%. The final blend consists of 65 percent Pinot Noir and 35 percent Chardonnay. And the end result? Following the ripe and winey 2005 and the generous and muscular 2006, the upcoming 2007 is quite a different animal:

fullsizerenderPhilipponnat Close des Goisses 2007 Bright golden colour with evolved depth already upon launch. Overt, ripe nose with earthy-spicy characters coming with orange marmalade, apple and oriental spice complexity. To date, the maturing nose contrasts the tight, restrained palate, and it needs time to open up in the glass. The palate comes with a superb acid line, enhancing the length and contributing a beautiful saline mineral quality to the wine. At first there is structural richness to the mouth-feel but it gains a beautifully focused and lean, dry finish due to the extraordinary acidity and low, 4,25g/l dosage. Fresh, nervy and vivacious despite the winey quality. This is a Clos des Goisses to keep (June 2016 disgorgement tasted). 92 points with potential for 95.