CHAMPAGNE PHILIPPONNAT | Clos des Goisses

Birds are circling above the iconic Clos des Goisses with its narrow stone stairs winding their way to the top of the most prestigious vineyard of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ on the property of Champagne Philipponnat. The house includes a hillside stretching along a canal that runs parrallel to the Marne.

When viewed from the other side of the river, the shadow of the hillside on the water resembles the shape of a champagne bottle, an image photographed and sent round the world uncountable times

Champagne Philipponnat, founded in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1910, where most of the neighboring villages already belonged to the Montagne de Reims growing region, lies right in the heart of the Grande Vallée de la Marne.

The slope the famous single-vineyard champagne grapes are grown on is called “Mont de Mareuil”, and has been planted with vines since the beginning of the 16th century, as historical documents and several engravings can prove. Back in the past, most of the parcels on the slope belonged to the Viscount d’Aÿ et de Mareuil, Duke of Orleans.

After the French Revolution, the vineyard was sold to a wine dealer in Mareuil who developed the property in 1887, enclosing it within a wall that exists to this day and gave it the name “clos”.

The clos changed hands once again after the phylloxera crisis, belonging to the Château de Mareuil for a while, before Champagne Philipponnat acquired it in 1935.

Over the following years, the champagne house completed the tiered water evacuation system, and reunited the clos to the property by buying back parcels that had been separated it from the clos during revolutions and crises.

The Clos des Goisses soon became the house’s most iconic parcel due to the quality of the wines produced from the grapes grown in its unique microclimate.

The hillside is about 800 meters long, extending from the village of Mareuil towards the east alongside the road connecting the village with Bisseuil.

Even though only 100 meters in depth, the Clos des Goisses rises to an altitude of 60 meters at its highest points, with a gradient of between 30% and 45% depending on the location. Divided into a dozen parcels and totalling 5.5 hectares, it is planted with two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay.

With its perfect south-facing exposure, sunlight reaches.

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Read the full story in CUVÉE Magazine No. 1 | Champagne.

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Stefanie is the founder and chief editor of CUVÉE Magazine. Epicurean at heart and wine professional in life, she writes about all things wine and food that pamper her palate. Living in Champagne and holding the Champagne Master Level Certificate as well as WSET certificates, she can't stop discovering new bottles and the stories behind the labels.

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