Established since 1584, Gosset is one of the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producers. Whilst the champagnes that they produce have never been plentiful in quantity, they have distinguished themselves with the consistently superb quality throughout the entire range of champagnes produced. Remaining a family owned house, the Gosset family sold the business to the Cointreau family in 1994.
Starting with their flagship champagne, the superbly aged Grande Reserve multi-vintage, it is clear that they have sought to exceed all standards required by the region. Firstly, and most strikingly, the presentation is remarkable in heavy dark antique bottles that are unique to Gosset. Instead of aging this champagne for 3 years on lees before bottling, Gosset have aged this blend for four and half years. After bottling, this champagne is then aged a further 6 months in their cool cellars before they permit this champagne to be sold.
From the superbly smooth and well rounded flavours of the Grande Reserve to the elegance and perfume of the brilliant Grand Rose champagne to the incomparable Grand Millesime vintage it is clear that these champagnes have been conceived for the most demanding champagne enthusiast. Whilst the vintage champagnes are only released in the very best years, the cellaring capacity of Gosset champagnes in those select vintages is well documented. At Gosset malolactic fermentation is avoided to ensure sufficient acidity enabling a long evolution.
NV Extra Brut - NEW
“This cuvée offers a subtle blend of aromatic precision and vinosity. It shows a complex and round character while being Extra-Brut It has been designed for drinkers who love lively champagnes.” Chardonnay 32%, Pinot Noir 45% and Pinot Meunier 23% from Cumières, Boursault, Janvry, Chavot, Vertus, Cuis, Avenay,Tauxières, Louvois, Villers-Marmery, Trépail. Vinified and aged on lees to eliminate the risk of premature oxidation. Extra-Brut dosage (5 g/l) to preserve the balance between freshness, fruit and vinosity, without masking the wine’s character or purity. Aged for a minimum of 3 years in the cellar at a constant temperature, well beyond the legal minimum of 15 months..
’The citrus-yellow Gosset NV Extra-Brut (dosage: five grams per liter) is an assemblage of Chardonnay (32%), Pinot Noir (45%) and Pinot Meunier (23%) sourced in 11 villages. This is a deliciously lithe, fresh, elegant, well-structured and creamy-textured cuvée with charmingly round fruit and stimulating mineral grip in the pure, fresh, super precise and delicate finish. This is an impressive cuvée and a great effort at this price point! Tasted in August 2018.’ 91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, November 2018
NV Grande Reserve Brut
’The citrus-colored NV Grande Réserve Brut—a blend of Chardonnay (45%), Pinot Noir (45%) and Pinot Meunier (10%)—shows an intense, ripe and aromatic yet vinous bouquet with white and delicate red fruit, floral, brioche and nutty expressions. Full-bodied, dry and very fresh, this is a firm, complex, finessed, fruity, round and stimulating cuvée with a good, tight and slightly salty finish. An excellent aperitif and wine for starters. Tasted from lot L7424113, August 2018.’ 91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, November 2018
"The bouquet is outstanding (as always), with the influence of plenty of reserve wines in the blend very much in evidence in its mélange of apple, peach, brioche, a beautifully complex base of soil tones, a gentle vein of nuttiness and a nicely smoky top-note. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and absolutely rock solid at the core, with very refined mousse, excellent focus and balance, crisp acids, but just a touch short on the classy finish. 92 points.” viewfromthecellar.com – John Gilman - Sept 2013
NV Grand Rosé Brut
50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (including the addition of 8% red wine) from the villages of Avize, Ambonnay, Chouilly, Villers-Marmery, Verzenay… aged a minimum of 3 years on lees. No malolactic to retain freshness and precision and bottled with 9 gms/ltr dosage.
"Bottled in 2014 and disgorged in June 2018, the NV Grand Rosé Brut offers up an attractive bouquet of sweet red apples, fresh pastry and orange rind. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and powerful, built around a bright spine of acidity and a tight-knit core but with enough substance to cover its structural bones and offer great promise for medium-term cellaring. This is an intense, elegantly austere wine that exemplifies the Gosset style.” 92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, November 2018
NV Grand Blanc de Blanc Brut - NEW CLEAR BOTTLE
100% Chardonnay from the villages of Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Villers-Marmery, Trepail… aged a minimum of 3 years on lees. No malolactic to retain freshness and precision and bottled with 8 gms/ltr dosage. The elegance and finesse of this wine makes it the ideal companion for an aperitif. Thanks to its freshness, it is also possible to pair it with many dishes such as scallops, crab, a fish tartar, oysters, gougères, a risotto with slivers of parmesan cheese, white meat, a young and fruity comté, parmesan cheese.
“A cuvée that emphasizes Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims, the latest rendition of the NV Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut exhibits scents of citrus oil, green apples, fennel, white flowers and freshly baked bread. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a broad and powerful attack that segues into a tightly wound, racy mid-palate and concludes with a precise, delicately mordant finish.” 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, November 2018
NV Grand Blanc de Meunier Extra Brut - NEW CUVEE
A one-off and exceptional wine from Gosset, 100% Pinot Meunier, aged for a full nine years on the lees in Gosset's cellars. The base vintage is 2007, with 10% reserve wines added. The Meunier comes from south-facing vineyards around Epernay, and it is very dry with only 3g/l of residual sugar. The colour immediately speaks of the age of the wine, a burnished yellow/gold, then very fine bubbles and a cushion of mousse, revealing lovely biscuit and toast and a yellow plum fruitiness. It is full and charming. In the mouth it is expansive and creamily rich, the mousse quite luxurious, and the pitch of the acidity - very noticeably saline - gives great freshness to the toasty, creamy, weighty fruit. Just lovely and a real treat to taste a truly exceptional Champagne. The fruit for Gosset’s new cuvée has been sourced from vineyards around the town of Epernay, mostly coming from Premier Cru sites, where it is planted alongside Pinot Noir. However, Pinot Meunier is not allowed Premier (or indeed Grand Cru) status, even when planted within these vineyards. Gosset cellarmaster Odilon de Varine selected Meunier from mid-slope, south and east-facing sites, and vines that were between 25 and 30 years old. Malolactic fermentation was blocked, and some Chardonnay lees (the soup of dead yeast cells left after fermentation) were added to bolster the Pinot Meunier’s freshness and ageability.It’s expensive and will be hard to find with only 5,000 bottles for the world market, but fizz afficionados will surely be very keen to try it for themselves.
NV Grand Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut - NEW CUVEE
100% Pinot Noir from 2007 vintage aged on lees for 9 years bottles with 5 gms/ltr dosage and no malolactic fermentation. Grand Blanc de Noirs is a golden yellow with deep gold flecks. It is
translucent and bright, accompanied by a string of extremely fine bubbles. The nose unveils complex and harmonious aromas, reminiscent of white stone fruits along with hints of patisserie.
As it unfurls on the palate, it beautifully displays notes of beeswax and candied citron. The attack is supple and well-balanced. The finish is crisp and fresh with salty, almost iodine, notes, along with a certain minerality and structure. Perfectly balanced between intense aromas and elegant finesse. The fruity structure of the Pinot Noir is expressed with surprising freshness and precision.
’Exclusively made from Pinot Noir cultivated in Ambonnay, Aÿ, Verzy, Chigny-les-Roses and Tauxières, the intensely white-golden colored NV Grand Blanc de Noirs Extra-Brut is deep, intense and rich on the toasty and vinous nose. Full-bodied, round and pure, this is a generous, highly elegant, precise, finessed, fresh and stimulatingly salty cuvée with structure, grip and persistent vinous character. It has very nice reduction and piercing minerality. Tasted in August 2018 from lot L7168111 with a dosage of five grams per liter.’ 94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, November 2018
2012 Grand Millésime Brut - due September 2019
Composed of 33% Pinot Noir and 67% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs, Villers-Marmery, Ambonnay and Cumières. Bottled with 8 gms/litre dosage.
”Since Gosset makes a point of commercializing wines only when they deem them ready, the 2012 Grand Millésime Brut will be released at the end of this year, while the 2010 and 2008 continue to wait in the wings. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, unfurling in the glass with a youthful bouquet of warm biscuits, apple, lemon and peach that picks up a more pronounced smoky top note as the wine sits in the glass. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and powerful, with a deep and concentrated core, incisive acids and a precise, saline finish. This is a muscular vintage of the Grand Millésime that seems likely to evolve slowly.” 94 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, May 2019
”This offers spiced berry-biscuit aromas and a toasted hazelnut and brioche edge. Berry pastry, too. The palate has a suave, sleek and smooth texture. Finely honed and finishes dry. Flavor and focus here. Drink or hold.” 93 points, Jamessuckling.com, Nick Stock September 2019
2006 Grand Millésime Brut - last stocks
“The 2006 Brut Grand Millésime offers more near term appeal than many Gosset Champagnes as the flavors show a good amount of complexity, while the contours are nicely mellowed. Hazelnut, savory herbs, anise, mint and dried pear meld into the generous, inviting finish. The typical Gosset energy is nicely balanced by the weight and soft, relaxed contours of a wine that is now nearly ten years old. Lightly honeyed and toasty notes round out the close. In 2006 the blend is 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay from vineyards in Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Trépail, Vertus, Ambonnay, Avenay, Aÿ, Chigny-les-Roses and Louvois. 93 points” Vinous Media - Nov 2015
2007 Celebris Extra Brut (100% Grand cru)
“Good vintage years ending in a ‘7’ have been few and far between since 1947. CELEBRIS 2007 benefits from 10 years ageing in the cellar, giving the vintage a fair maturity and fine balance.”
Vinified and aged on lees to eliminate all risk of premature oxidation. Malolactic fermentation is carefully avoided in order to preserve all the natural fruit aromas of the wine and to allow the wines to undergo longer ageing. Extra-Brut dosage (3g/l) to maintain the balance between freshness, fruit and vinosity without masking the wine’s personality and purity. Ageing for a minimum of 10 years in the cellar results in a beautifully complex and structured wine. This is an excellent wine for laying down. Chardonnay 57% (Vertus, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Verzy, Trépail), Pinot Noir 43% (Cumières, Avenay, Aÿ-Champagne, Bouzy, Ambonnay…)
”This stylish, complex and elegantly powerful Champagne is the pinnacle of Gosset’s range and delivers such layered, fresh and complex style. The palate has a super smooth-honed, long and plush feel with a wealth of grilled almonds and grapefruit. Long, succulent draw through the finish. Magnificent. Drink now.” 96 points, Jamessuckling.com, Nick Stock September 2019
’The 2007 Celebris Extra Brut is the latest rendition of this cuvée, which cellar master Odilon de Varine describes as "not a vintage Gosset but a Gosset vintage"—meaning that it's produced only in years adapted to the house's powerful but austere style. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of lemon oil, marzipan, warm biscuits and wet stones, it's full-bodied, with a deep and concentrated core of ripe but racy fruit, a tangy spine of acidity and an elegant pinpoint mouse, displaying terrific purity and precision.’ 95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, May 19
2004 Celebris Extra Brut (100% Grand cru)
This 2004 vintage, with its incredible balance and complexity, fits naturally into the prestigious CELEBRIS range. This cuvée, which is emblematic of the House, was created in honour of Albert Gosset and is presented alongside its other exceptional vintages (1998, 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2002). Made from 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir and with a sumptuous pale yellow robe with flecks of emerald reflecting the high proportion of Chardonnay, this CELEBRIS Vintage 2004 extra-brut releases a continuous fine mousse. On the nose, the maturity of the aromas translates into notes of frangipane, tarte Tatin, honey or salted butter caramel, refreshed by scents of pear, pineapple and even citrus fruits such as the kaffir lime or citrus.
On the palate, it is open and approachable with a persistent tension, underpinned by a salty, almost ozone character which gives way to layered flavours of pear, grapefuit and even Yuzu.
”Gosset's 2004 Extra Brut Celebris is a powerful, bracing wine. Pinot Noir-infused red stone fruits, dried leaves, mint, herbs and spice notes, along with the low dosage, give the wine its distinctive combination of power, breadth and raciness. The 2004 needs a bit of time for the bouquet to open up, but when they do, the wine is quite expressive. Now 12 years after the vintage, the 2004 Celebris offers a good bit of aromatic and flavor intensity, with the slightly mature notes that are typical for a wine of this age. Chamomile, honey and lightly roasted almond are some of the nuances that linger through to the creamy, expansive finish. The 2005 is 55% Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Cramant and Le Mesnil sur Oger) and 45% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Bouzy and Verzy). 94 points” Vinous Media - December 2016
2002 Celebris Extra Brut (100% Grand cru)
Bright golden in colour with lifted floral, citrus and stone fruit aromas. Minerals, sea spray and lemon tea then give rise to hay and toasted brioche with almond spice. A very elegant yet rich palate with complexity and intensity. One of the last Champagnes to be released from the great 2002 vintage.
’The 2002 Celebris Vintage Extra Brut displays a noble, clear, fresh and subtle bouquet with white fruit and brioche flavors intertwined with mineral aromas. Silky textured and highly elegant, this full-bodied yet delicate blend of 48% Pinot Noir and 52% Chardonnay is clear and straight on the palate, revealing a ripe and intense, yet refined fruit. It has a persistent and complex, firmly structured, stimulatingly pure and salty finish. Great finesse and ethereal lightness here, with great purity and mineral tension. It also has the intensity of perfect fruit in the long and persistent finish. A great Champagne for the next ten and probably many more years.’ 95 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, June 2016
2007 Celebris Rose Extra Brut
Superb pale pink and copper in the glass. The bead is very slender and constant and gives rise to freshly picked wild strawberries together with tea rose and wallflowers. Floral scents and slightly herby aromas are enriched with hints of vanilla spice. Delicate and very fresh this wine calls for another glass.
’The brilliant 2007 Celebris Rosé Extra Brut might be better described as "œil de perdrix," so subtle is its hue; cellar master Odilon de Varine commented that the idea behind the wine was not so much to produce a rosé as to produce a Celebris with more depth and richness. The wine wafts from the glass with a lovely bouquet of yellow orchard fruit, beeswax, pain d'epices and clear honey, followed by a full-bodied, broad and crisply fleshy palate with a deep and tight-knit core, a bright spine of acidity and a long, mineral finish. To my palate, this is the finest of Gosset's current releases, and it's well worth a special effort to seek out.’ 96 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate, May 2019
2003 Celebris Rose Extra Brut
”Gosset first made a rosé version of Celebris in 1995, which was bottled only in magnum and sold in small quantities for the millennium. The 1998 (in 750-milliliter bottles) was the first vintage to be widely released, and the 2003 is its successor. It’s a blend of 68 percent chardonnay and 32 percent pinot noir, including seven percent of red wine from Ambonnay and Bouzy, and its dosage of five grams per liter is very judiciously balanced. Compared with the bold, forward fragrance of the Grand Rosé, this feels reserved and discreet, even in the ripe 2003 vintage. It has intense, concentrated aromas of red cherry, redcurrant and strawberry, yet these are tightly controlled, packaged in a subtle, elegant frame that gives the flavors a clear and crystalline definition, like cut glass, as they unfold in aristocratic splendor over the long and detailed finish. There’s a Celebris character that is clearly expressed in all three of these wines, feeling vinous and complex yet quietly refined, emphasizing precision, purity and grace.” Peter Liem
’The 2003 Extra Brut Rose Celebris is another tight, powerful wine, but with air, the wine’s expansive core of perfumed fruit emerges. This is a fairly rich, weighty style of Champagne that is best enjoyed with food, but it is compelling juice even on its own. The wine possesses gorgeous length and a long, inviting finish that is simply impossible to resist. The 2003 Extra Brut Rose Celebris is 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir, with the addition of 7% still red wines from Ambonnay and Bouzy.’ 94 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, December 2008