Blend: 95% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay
2010 was a challenging year in the vineyard that required extra precision and care in the selection process to yield maximum quality. The season started out very dry, which caused slow development in the vineyard and in the clusters. Then in August, right before the harvest season, torrential rains caused humidity and moisture in the vineyard leading to mildew issues. However, through every decision that we made, from harvesting only the purest clusters to multiple layers of berry selection in both the vineyard and cellar, we were able to harvest a high quality, albeit small, crop for the vintage.
After primary fermentation and bottling, the Clos des Goisses 2010 underwent extended aging for eight years at a constant temperature of 12°C in the House’s historic cellars, and it is now ready for release as it has reached an excellent stage of maturity. The Extra Brut dosage (4.5 g/l) allows the natural fruit and complexity of the chalky terroir to shine through. This is a wine that not only shows beautifully in its youth but will gain depth and character for years to come in the cellar. Only 5,000 bottles of this vintage were produced.
Tasting Note: Offering up aromas of pear, waxy citrus fruit, fresh pastry, vanilla pod and a light touch of smoky reduction, the wine is full-bodied, broad and layered, with a textural, highly concentrated profile, ripe acids and a precise, mineral finish.
95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2010 Clos des Goisses shows a distinctly tropical, exotic profile that is unusual in Clos des Goisses. Candied orange peel, passionfruit, burnt sugar, mint and yellow flowers all meld together in the glass. Lush fruit, low-ish acid and soft contours add to the wine’s soft, open-knit feel. Time in the glass brings out more lifted, perfumed notes that add to the wine’s overall appeal. Two-thousand-ten presented significant challenges in the vineyard, including high disease pressure that required quite a bit of sorting. The blend is 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay (a bit more Chardonnay than normal), while production is just 5,000 bottles. Clos des Goisses has an extraordinary track record, so ordinarily I would not suggest opening wines young, but the 2010 is a rare exception. That said, it needs 1-2 hours of air to show at its best at this early stage of its life.”