GOSSET GRANDE RESERVE is probably the best non-vintage Champagne from one of the top producers in the world.
Colour and appearance: A clear, glimmering golden-yellow hue. Very elegant mousse, made up of a myriad of fine, light bubbles. Fine, lasting ribbon.
Nose: Intense and complex, fresh and well-balanced, offering a host of deliciously perfumed early spring scents – daffodils, hyacinths, irises, grasses, lime and camomile blossom. On swirling, aromas reminiscent of ripe, wild orchard fruits such as black cherries, bilberries and wild brambles are released. Finishes with hints of sweet spices such as vanilla and cardamom married with marzipan.
Palate: Generous, full-bodied and concentrated, this mature wine fills the mouth while preserving its fruity, smooth and balanced nature. Hints of figs, prunes and candied cherries give the wine a warm taste, the floral notes fade discretely, adding sweetness and sophistication. Exceptional flavours of Melba toast, roasted almonds, praline and lightly roasted coffee very quickly give rise to a roasted aroma. Finishes long, potent and irresistible with very fleeting hints of chestnut puree, caramel and rice pudding, and a remarkable crispness.
This Champagne is one to enjoy with free-range poultry. Also with lamb or veal, perhaps served with a sauce.
Chardonnay (46%), Pinot Noir (42%) and Pinot Meunier (15%)
Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne established in the tiny Grand Cru village of Aÿ, 5 kilometres to the north of Epernay, in 1584. In 2009, the year of Gosset’s 425th anniversary, the House completed the acquisition of substantial premises in Epernay, in the heart of Champagne. Domaine Gosset, the former mansion of the Trouillard family, is a historic building dating back to the 19th Century with 5km of cellars up to 30 metres in depth allowing Gosset to store up to 2 million bottles in the chalky cellars. Whereas previously production had been spread over 5 sites, it is now concentrated on the two Gosset owned premises in Aÿ and Epernay.
Grande Réserve is a blend of three vintage wines from 12 Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages including Avize, Mesnil Sur Oger, Ay, Ambonnay and Bouzy.
Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne, founded in Aÿ in 1584. The cuvées produced by the House all offer a real point of difference when compared with any of the larger mainstream brands on the market today. From the long standing partnerships they have with their growers to the extended ageing of the wines in the cellar, these differences are evident throughout the entire champagne –making process.
These points of difference produce champagne in the classic “Gosset style”, a style of champagne which is dry yet creamy, full-bodied, rich and biscuity. The depth and concentration of all the wines ensures their ability to mature superbly when cellared appropriately and they are simply fantastic as accompaniments to a wide range of dishes. The Gosset team’s insistence that Gosset champagnes are wines which happen to sparkle is reflected by the growing number of Gosset fans, many of whom comment that although they don’t usually like champagne, they love Gosset!
For Gossets 425th anniversary in 2009 they marked the occasion with the purchase of a stunning property in Epernay now known as Domaine Gosset.