Gosset 'Grand Reserve' Brut NV Champagne
1 or more bottles$110.00
Robert Parker88 points
Won "Grappe d'Or" in Guide Hachette (Top French Awards) - Best Wine of the year Tasted against 36,000 other wines.
A complex, creamy, layered nose with icing sugar life. The palate has beautiful complexity and mouthwatering length, with flavours of biscuit and baker's yeast. Rich in structure, it's robust with fine acid length.
The Gosset charter of excellence has been recognised since the establishment of the House in 1584 and "undertakes to respect the fundamental values and traditions of perfection."
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"Chardonnay 46%, Pinot Noir 44%, Pinot Meunier 10% Toasty, roasted nut aromas with some apple and pear slices. Touch of spiciness. Crisp acidity, fine bubbles. Long finish. - By Robert Parker"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.
Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.
Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.
Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
The village of Aÿ is a hub of grapegrowing and Champagne production in France. Aÿ's vineyards sit in the Vallée de la Marne subregion of Champagne, and are classified as 100% Grand Cru (one of 17 villages that enjoy this prestigious honour). The village is particularly known for its Pinot Noir grapes and their contribution to Champagne, but it also grows the other classic Champagne varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, though in much smaller quantities. In 2015, UNESCO added Aÿ’s vineyards, harvest huts, presses, and cellars to its World Heritage List. It is one of several Champagne villages that has continuously exported its wine for more than four hundred years. The area is home to several famed Champagne houses, including Gosset, Ayala, and Bollinger.
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About the brand Gosset
Founded in 1584 in Ay, Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. With the winery now located in Epernay, Gosset sources grapes from the best crus of the Marne district. The final blends feature grapes that meet, on average, a 95% on the official quality scale of classification.Upon inception, winemaker Pierre Gosset made still red wines. At this time, the court of France was only interested in wines from Ay and further South in Beaune. It was in the 18th century, that Gosset revised its model to produce sparkling wines in the traditional method. Using the classic Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Gosset now produces a range of Non-Vintage, Vintage, Rose and Blanc de Blancs wines of premium quality.Jean Gosset was the first family member to use the famous 'antique flask', a heavy, elegant bottle that became an icon and recognizable symbol of this premium house. For over four centuries, Gosset remained family-owned, until its sale in 1994.