Partial vinification in wooden barrels (50%) leads to more complexity, without premature oxidation. There is no malolactic fermentation, which enables the wine's natural acidity to compensate for the powerful character of the terroir. Aged for 8 to 10years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the House's historic cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay. The very low dosage (4.25 g/litre) gives full expression to the vinosity and minerality of this exceptional vineyard. The first clos and first terroir to be vinified and blended separately, Clos des Goisses is unique and instantly recognizable for its extremely steep slope. Its walled 5.5-hectare vineyard is not only the oldest in Champagne, but also the steepest, at 45°. This explains the origin of its name: in the local dialect, "Gois" means a very steep slope. This exceptional terroir with chalky soil is ideally situated facing due South, on Mareuil-sur-Ay's best hillside.
Grape varieties: 45% Pinot Noir and 55% Chardonnay
Altitude: 100m ASL
Vineyard age: 45 yrs old
Dosage at disgorgement: 4.25 g/l
Tasting Notes: Bright gold with fine and delicate froth. An overall elegant wine. The first nose is floral with notes of linden tea, followed by toasted notes of cacao, blond tobacco and vanilla. A very full structure calling to mind candied white fruit. It is elegant on the palate, with good minerality, toasted and smoked notes, and lingering aromatic persistence. Clos des Goisses is a very fine wine before being a very fine champagne. A perfect and unforgettable match for strong-flavoured dishes such as game, truffles, caviar and soft cheeses. It should be decanted into a carafe before being served to allow it to breathe.
96+ Points, The Wine Advocate
93 Points, Decanter
94-96 Points, Vinous Media