2011 was a year of contrasts. A dry, cold winter up until the end of January was followed by a surprisingly warm and early spring, encouraging rapid growth of vegetation. From the end of May, there was another complete change: the weather turned rainy, alternating with both very hot and then cool spells, threatening the health of the grapes. Fortunately, our work in the vineyards allowed us to pick on the earlier side while still maintaining high acidity and quality ripeness. The first grapes were picked at the end of August, and the 2011 harvest was the earliest in the history of Philipponnat and Champagne but reveals a vintage of pure finesse.
For the first time, Clos des Goisses is composed solely of Pinot Noir. This was due to the uprooting of Chardonnay vines in certain plots just before 2011. This atypical yet stunning cuvée has an exceptional floral aromatic profile of the vintage’s Pinot Noir. Due to the steep slope vineyard work in the Clos des Goisses is almost entirely done by hand, and the vines are trained with particular care. No insecticides nor synthetic herbicides are used. Weeds are controlled with traditional mechanical methods, tilling and hoeing by hand the steepest slopes. The resulting wine is vinified primarily (80%) in wooden barrels of 1-2 years in age with no malolactic fermentation. Once bottled, the wine receives extended lees aging for a minimum of eight years.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting note: A delicate, floral nose, with notes of elderflower, Darjeeling black tea, linden honey, and a final minty touch. Very persistent and expressive on the palate, with aromas of tea and black pepper. The finish is long and mineral.