As we turn our calendars to December, we are pleased to feature once again, Champagne Gosset Brut Grande Réserve. This non-vintage cuvée is a blend of 43% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier. It is made with grapes from top Grand and Premier Cru level vineyards such as Aÿ, Bouzy, Hautvillers, and Le Mesnil- sur-Oger. Over the past year or two, we have seen a dramatic increase in the price of many wines, especially French Champagne. We are proud to say we have not had to raise the price on Gosset in years, making it an even better buy than usual. What I love about the Gosset house is they believe in making truly great wine, then adding bubbles when the wine has aged and is ready. At 25% off, we have a truly special Champagne, priced lower than most entry level offerings!
Founded in Aÿ in 1584 by Pierre Gosset, Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne! Not only is it the oldest, but it is also one of the smallest in a region of giant producers. This artisanal brand sticks to doing things by hand, including riddling and disgorgement. They produce just one million bottles a year which sounds like a lot, but it is actually fairly small for Champagne standards. By comparison, Veuve Clicquot produces about 20 times this amount!
Around 1760, Jean Gosset used for the first time, what would become the emblem of Maison Gosset: the antique bottle. Shown below, this slender bottle with rounded sides is an exclusive model to the house. It owes its nickname to the “antique glass” color given to the glass paste that goes into its composition. The bottle, now used for the Maison's Cuvées Antiques, is a replica which has the label high on the collar, so it is visible in a Champagne bucket. Today, this antique bottle is available in half-bottles, bottles, magnums, and jeroboams. All sizes are available, if you have interest in special ordering one.
In 1993, after more than 400 years of family ownership, Champagne Gosset was purchased by the Renaud-Cointreau family, who also owns and manages the highly regarded Cognac - Frapin. The Renaud-Cointreaus insisted on continuing the old-style champagne methods. While other Champagne houses are handing over the reins to large corporations, the Renaud-Cointreau family understands the importance of preserving the heritage in winemaking that has, over 430 years and 17 generations, made Champagne Gosset a top name in champagne.
If you are interested in today's featured wine, please reply to this email, call your nearest location, or click the Shop Now Button to order. Curbside pickup or delivery is available. This is in stock at all of our locations. Gosset Brut Grande Réserve has become one of our favorite Champagnes in the store and it is a perfect representation of their house style - pure, precise, and elegant with remarkable longevity. On sale at a 25% savings, you may consider a six-bottle case to enjoy not only over the holidays but into 2023!
94 Points - Decanter "The nose opens with the fresh ripeness of yellow apple and highlights of Granny Smith. It has beautifully subtle autolysis on the palate, deepening into notes of creamy apple crumble, Golden Delicious and Mirabelle plum, while remaining utterly strait-laced. Elegance, length and absolute freshness are inherent and quietly convincing."
92 Points - Wine Advocate "Aromas of crips orchard fruit, pear and apricot, mingled with hints of fresh bread and pastry, introduce the latest release of Gosset's NV Brut Grande Réserve, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive wine that's deceptively generous but also structured to reward some bottle age. Drink 2021 - 2031" – William Kelley 9/2021
Sale Price: $44.99 (Save 25%) Regular Price: $59.99 each
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