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Clos des Goisses

The 2013 Release
Clos des Goisses
Champagne authority Peter Liem has argued, “From a top vintage, Clos des Goisses is one of the most exciting experiences Champagne can offer.” Today, we’re delighted to offer two of those ‘top vintages’ from the jewel in Philipponnat’s crown.

The 2013 release is widely considered to be one of the most outstanding young wines released from the Clos des Goisses. Of the 14 plots in the clos, only the six finest were used to craft the Pinot-dominant 2013; even then, only the best wines were selected for the final blend. “Why is it quite so good?” asks William Kelley. “It would appear that 2013 was the perfect storm: an early-ripening terroir in a cool, late vintage; moderately yielding Burgundian selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that attained full maturity; and a willingness to make a strict selection have all come together to deliver a profound Clos des Goisses.”

Alongside the 2013, we have been able to source a few more bottles of the stellar 2012 vintage—a year that Charles Philipponnat considers one of the best of the century. The clos is also the source of one of Champagne’s rarest and most unique rosé wines. The 2012 we offer today is the first release of Philipponnat’s Juste Rosé since the 2009. Finally, we offer the latest disgorgement from Philipponnat’s much-admired cellar-release program. If your budget stretches into prestige territory, the Clos de Goisses is one of the greatest Champagnes money can buy.

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better.

The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.

Be sure to serve it in a proper wine glass, ideally not too cold, and don’t be scared to decant. In short, treat it like a fine white wine—for that’s what it is! It’s also a serious food wine and able to stand up to a wide range of dishes, including roast chicken or pork, game birds, sausages, hard cheeses, pâtés and terrines, etc.

The Wines

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022) (1500ml)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022) (1500ml)

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better. 

The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.

The 2013 is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Some 47% of the wine was vinified in wooden barrels, with the balance in tank. There was no malolactic conversion. The wine was aged in bottle on lees for more than eight years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the house’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. It was disgorged in March 2022 with an extra brut dosage of 4.25 g/L to give full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.






"A touch of smoke envelops hints of rosehip and rosehip tisane. More air brings incredible fruitiness, reminiscent of umeshu plum alongside an intense floral character and soft, airy sponge cake. The body, immediately statuesque, powerful but poised, has the same aromatic intensity that is made more apparent by the bright freshness of the year. The aftertaste has the spicy tang of maple syrup and a tingling top note of white pepper that accentuates the essential depth of fruit and an intrinsic saltiness. The foam is fine, and the autolysis is subtle but gains traction on the mid-palate and the long finish." 98 points. Anne Krebiehl MW, The World of Fine Wine

“Surpassing even the 2012 and 2008, Philipponnat's 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses looks to be the finest vintage of this cuvée in several decades, at least on first acquaintance. Deriving from only the six core parcels out of the 13 that make up the Clos des Goisses, it's a striking wine, evoking aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, clear honey, bee pollen, stone fruit and iodine. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, its textural attack segues into a deep, concentrated and tightly wound mid-palate that's girdled by racy acids and chalky structure, before concluding with a long, saline finish.”
98 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses is fabulous. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is in no mood to show all its cards. The late harvest produced a bristling, intensely saline Clos des Goisses that will require years to be at its best. Even so, its depth, textural resonance and finish are so evocative as to what the future holds. The 2013 is a positively stunning Champagne and one of the best Goisses in recent memory. I can't wait to see how it develops. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.”
98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"A touch of smoke envelops hints of rosehip and rosehip tisane. More air brings incredible fruitiness, reminiscent of umeshu plum alongside an intense floral character and soft, airy sponge cake. The body, immediately statuesque, powerful but poised, has the same aromatic intensity that is made more apparent by the bright freshness of the year. The aftertaste has the spicy tang of maple syrup and a tingling top note of white pepper that accentuates the essential depth of fruit and an intrinsic saltiness. The foam is fine, and the autolysis is subtle but gains traction on the mid-palate and the long finish."
98 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, The World of Fine Wine
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022) (1500ml)
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022)

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better. 

The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.

The 2013 is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Some 47% of the wine was vinified in wooden barrels, with the balance in tank. There was no malolactic conversion. The wine was aged in bottle on lees for more than eight years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the house’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. It was disgorged in March 2022 with an extra brut dosage of 4.25 g/L to give full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.


“Surpassing even the 2012 and 2008, Philipponnat's 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses looks to be the finest vintage of this cuvée in several decades, at least on first acquaintance. Deriving from only the six core parcels out of the 13 that make up the Clos des Goisses, it's a striking wine, evoking aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, clear honey, bee pollen, stone fruit and iodine. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, its textural attack segues into a deep, concentrated and tightly wound mid-palate that's girdled by racy acids and chalky structure, before concluding with a long, saline finish.” 98 points,
98 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses is fabulous. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is in no mood to show all its cards. The late harvest produced a bristling, intensely saline Clos des Goisses that will require years to be at its best. Even so, its depth, textural resonance and finish are so evocative as to what the future holds. The 2013 is a positively stunning Champagne and one of the best Goisses in recent memory. I can't wait to see how it develops. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.”
98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"A touch of smoke envelops hints of rosehip and rosehip tisane. More air brings incredible fruitiness, reminiscent of umeshu plum alongside an intense floral character and soft, airy sponge cake. The body, immediately statuesque, powerful but poised, has the same aromatic intensity that is made more apparent by the bright freshness of the year. The aftertaste has the spicy tang of maple syrup and a tingling top note of white pepper that accentuates the essential depth of fruit and an intrinsic saltiness. The foam is fine, and the autolysis is subtle but gains traction on the mid-palate and the long finish."
98 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, The World of Fine Wine
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. March 2022)
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. Oct. 2022) (3000ml)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. Oct. 2022) (3000ml)

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better.
The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.
The 2013 is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Some 47% of the wine was vinified in wooden barrels, with the balance in tank. There was no malolactic conversion. The wine was aged in bottle on lees for more than eight years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the house’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. It was disgorged in March 2022 with an extra brut dosage of 4.25 g/L to give full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.







“Surpassing even the 2012 and 2008, Philipponnat's 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses looks to be the finest vintage of this cuvée in several decades, at least on first acquaintance. Deriving from only the six core parcels out of the 13 that make up the Clos des Goisses, it's a striking wine, evoking aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, clear honey, bee pollen, stone fruit and iodine. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, its textural attack segues into a deep, concentrated and tightly wound mid-palate that's girdled by racy acids and chalky structure, before concluding with a long, saline finish.”
98 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses is fabulous. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is in no mood to show all its cards. The late harvest produced a bristling, intensely saline Clos des Goisses that will require years to be at its best. Even so, its depth, textural resonance and finish are so evocative as to what the future holds. The 2013 is a positively stunning Champagne and one of the best Goisses in recent memory. I can't wait to see how it develops. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.”
98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"A touch of smoke envelops hints of rosehip and rosehip tisane. More air brings incredible fruitiness, reminiscent of umeshu plum alongside an intense floral character and soft, airy sponge cake. The body, immediately statuesque, powerful but poised, has the same aromatic intensity that is made more apparent by the bright freshness of the year. The aftertaste has the spicy tang of maple syrup and a tingling top note of white pepper that accentuates the essential depth of fruit and an intrinsic saltiness. The foam is fine, and the autolysis is subtle but gains traction on the mid-palate and the long finish."
98 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, The World of Fine Wine
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2013 (Disg. Oct. 2022) (3000ml)
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2012 (Disg. Aug 2021)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2012 (Disg. Aug 2021)

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better.
The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.
The 2012 is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay. Some 62% of the wine was vinified in wooden barrels, with the balance in tank. There was no malolactic conversion. The wine was aged in bottle on lees for more than eight years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the house’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. It was disgorged in August 2021 with an extra brut dosage of 4.25 g/L to give full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.





“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. (Originally published in May 2021).”
97 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Disgorged in April 2021 with the usual 4.5 grams per liter dosage, Philipponnat's 2012 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses offers up generous aromas of pear, pomelo and peach mingled with hints of honeycomb, macadamia nut and fresh bread. Full-bodied, broad and vinous, it's fleshy and textural, with a strikingly concentrated core of fruit, compelling mid-palate plenitude, bright acids and a pillowy pinpoint mousse. Demonstrative, even dramatic, its youthful generosity is deceptive, as it's only with some bottle age that real complexity will emerge.”
97+ points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2012 (Disg. Aug 2021)
Champagne Philipponnat Clos de Goisses Juste Rosé 2012 (Disg. March 2022)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos de Goisses Juste Rosé 2012 (Disg. March 2022)

The majestic Clos des Goisses vineyard rises steeply from the edge of the Marne River and is planted to 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay. This historically revered south-facing slope was the first in the region to be bottled as a single-vineyard wine. Today, with a focus on precise viticulture, old mass-selection vines, moderate yields and ripe fruit at harvest, the wine has never been better.
The extremely chalky soils of the Clos des Goisses, its aspect and atypical warmth—the average growing season temperature here is 1.5°C higher than most of Champagne—result in one of Champagne’s most powerful and intense wines. Yet what makes this site so special is its capacity to retain freshness even in vintages that are, on average, hotter than ever before. There is a signature freshness to the wine and a sustained sense of acidity that comes from the chalk, even in vintages that might be seen analytically to lack acidity.
The Juste Rosé was added to the portfolio in 1999. The wine is based on a similar blend as the Clos des Goisses Blanc, with an addition of saignée Pinot from a number of Clos des Goisses lieux-dits, including La Dure, Le Collet, Les 28 Verges, Les Petits Cintres and Les Jolivets Noirs. Only two to three thousand bottles are produced in a given year, and the wine is aged for nine years and put on the market only when perfectly mature. The first release since 2009, the 2012 was disgorged in March 2022
The blend comprises 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay vinified in wooden barrels with no malolactic conversion. Following secondary fermentation, the wine aged on lees for more than nine years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the house’s historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The wine is extra brut (4.5 g/L dosage) to give full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard.

"A lovely powdery, generous sense of fruitiness characterizes the nose, which seemingly floats in on a sea breeze. The palate, rounded with the sunshine of 2012, has a hint of white truffle, suffused with notes of plum. There is concentration but also a lightness of touch, as well as a certain playfulness to the undeniable generosity and roundness that are contained in a rather sinuous, elegant body. The result is an impressive wine of exquisite balance, with a balm-like, almost emollient nature."
97 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, The World of Fine Wine
“The 2012 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses Juste Rosé is a wild, exotic wine. Kirsch, white pepper, flowers, mint and cranberry lend a gorgeous air of exoticism. As always, the Rosé is light in body gracious and all finesse. The blend is 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay. This is the first release made with a blend of what is essentially a Blanc de Noirs base, with the ‘still red’ portion (18%) coming from a saignée. Time in the glass brings out the breadth and natural texture of the year. This is a gorgeous Rosé from Philipponnat.”
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“The just-released 2012 Extra-Brut Clos des Goisses Juste Rosé shares the vinous, textural profile of the regular Clos des Goisses in this vintage, offering up aromas of mirabelle plum, crisp orchard fruits, white flowers, frangipane and papaya. Full-bodied, broad and fleshy, it's a rich, muscular Champagne of considerable depth and persistence.”
95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Champagne Philipponnat Clos de Goisses Juste Rosé 2012 (Disg. March 2022)
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses L.V. 1997 (Disg. March 2022)

Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses L.V. 1997 (Disg. March 2022)

The L.V., or Long Vieillissement, is Philipponnat’s ‘long aging’ project. It is widely accepted that the Clos des Goisses is one of the finest wines in Champagne for aging and needs at least 10 to 15 years to unveil its true majesty. In short, for more than two decades Philipponnat has been holding back a portion of the Clos des Goisses to be released over time. From such an exceptional year, you can expect a wine well worth waiting for.
Packaged in a solid oak box. While there have already been some late-disgorged wines released over the years, the L.V. range now formalises a yearly release at the same time as the current vintage. Please note, we are talking about maturation on lees here, with late disgorgement for release. The 1997 L.V is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay vinified under then chef de cave Norbert Thiébert and aged for a quarter of a century in Philipponnat’s Caveau du Trésor.


“Gorgeous nutty nose, dark golden in colour but completely belying the freshness and racy energy within the glass. Buttery brioche notes with lemon patisserie, hazelnuts and candied lemons but also bitter fruit rind aromas too, so much going on but so precise and crystalline at the same time. So much life to this, zingy and upfront, totally thrilling and you'd never guess it was from 1997. It's not succulent but totally mouthwatering, giving the acidity still but remaining quite focussed and direct. I love the slightly baked patisserie edges and soft hints of buttery toast. Just wonderfully exhilarating drinking this, totally wows on the palate with a clarity that is so moreish. It's extremely uplifting with such a sense that there's something very special in the glass.”
98 points, Georgina Hindle, Decanter
The golden wine is most fragrant, a gentle swirl revealing white truffle and fresh white field mushroom, both caught in a lovely cloud of freshly baked, springy, yeasty brioche. A sense of saltiness insinuates itself on the nose and stays right there on the palate, where the mousse has softened slightly. There is a lovely savoriness—of oyster shell, of saltiness, of the buttery, salty crust of a yeasty bun of grilled cashew nut. Lemon echoes on this mellow, rich, yet fresh wine. Lovely.
96 points, Anne Krebiehl, The World of Fine Wine
Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses L.V. 1997 (Disg. March 2022)

“…this clos is a special site, and the wine from it is truly remarkable.” Jamie Goode



“It is arguably the single greatest vineyard site in Champagne…”
Peter Liem



“Clos des Goisses has always been one of the most extraordinary jewels in Champagne’s crown.”
Tom Stevenson

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