This week, just in time for celebrating the New Year, we are happy to feature Gosset Champagne Brut Grande Réserve. This non-vintage cuvée is a blend of 43% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier. It generally uses grapes from many top Grand and Premier Cru level vineyards such as Aÿ, Bouzy, Hautvillers, and Le Mesnil- sur-Oger. Le Mesnil drives texture and minerality, Aÿ provides structure, Bouzy and Hautvillers give freshness and fruitiness. The Grande Réserve base wine spends 3-4 years on its lees, longer than the AOC legal limit. What I love about the Gosset house is that they believe in making truly great wine, then adding bubbles when the wine has aged and is ready.
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. There are many big houses in Champagne producing 70+ million bottles a year. Not Gosset; this artisanal brand sticks to doing things by hand, including riddling and disgorgement. They produce just 1 million bottles a year which sounds like a lot, but it is actually fairly small for Champagne standards.
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 insist 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, made Champagne Gosset a top name in Champagne.
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.
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. You may just want to consider a six-bottle case to celebrate the arrival of 2022!
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. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028"
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." 9/2021
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