It is noteworthy that 2008 is the first vintage since 1964 that the Chardonnay will be the majority of the assemblage. Prior to 1964, Clos des Goisses favored a Chardonnay dominant blend, however, beginning with that year it has been blended generally to 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. When sampling the base wines for this vintage, the Chardonnay was superb and we believe deserving of a higher portion -- 55% of the blend in the 2008. Partially vinified in barrels (75%), the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and received a small dosage of 4.25 g/l in an effort to retain the natural acidity and balance the energy and longevity of Clos des Goisses. The wine was bottled in June 2009 and has been aging in our cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay for 9 years; while perfectly developed for release, its powerful flavors, profound complexity and striking acidity mean it will improve with age and last for decades.
It should also be noted that, like many classic wines, Clos des Goisses should be aerated into a carafe before serving to enjoy it to its fullest.
"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. "