Subscriber login Close [x]
remember me
You are not logged in.

Champagne Philipponnat releases 2000 vintage

Published:  04 June, 2010

Champagne Philipponnat - one of the major owners of Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the region - is set to release the 2000 vintage of its single vineyard, Clos de Goisses prestige cuvée.

Clos des Goisses - a Grand Cru site in the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay right in the heart of the Champagne region - has a southern facing slope and 45° incline, which combined with its sheltered position behind the Gruguet Hills, makes it an average 1.5°C warmer than the rest of Champagne.

And as the ripest vineyard in the region, it is able to produce a vintage almost every year, contrary to the Champagne norms of making vintages every three to four years.

The 2000 vintage, which is a blend of Pinot Noir (65%) and Chardonnay (35%), has potential ageing for up to 30 years.

The harvest was reduced to just 20,000 bottles - out of a potential 55,000 bottles - as only the best lots made it to the final blend.

Charles Philipponnat said: "we have always believed in long ageing before release and prefer to keep our Clos de Goisses cuvée for 8 to 10 years to allow the wine to develop complexity without losing any freshness."

Champagne Philipponnat, one of the oldest Houses with a history dating back to 1522, is distributed in the U.K. via Les Caves de Pyrène, and the 2000 Clos des Goisses will have an RRP of £125.