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Gosset 15 Ans de Cave NV ChampagneFounded in 1584, Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. In 1584, Pierre Gosset, alderman of Aÿ and wine-grower, mostly red, wine from the grapes he harvested from his own vines. In the 18th century as champagne sales began to grow, the Gosset family turned to making champagne. Today, the Gosset cuvées are still presented in the antique flask identical to the one used since the 18th century. In 1994 the house was sold to the family owned Renaud-Cointreau Group, and this allowed a new level of investment to improve their vineyard management and production in the winery.
Gosset blends together the best Crus of the Marne district with Premier Cru vineyards in the villages are Avize, Chouilly, Villers-Marmery, Ambonnay, Verzenay. The Chardonnay in this blend came from Avize, Clamant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Trépail and Vertus. The Pinot Noir in this blend came from Ambonnay, Avenay, Aÿ-Champagne, Chigny-les-roses and Louvois. Once the wine has gone through its first fermentation, Gosset prevent the still wine undergoing its malolactic fermentation, which is a natural process where malic acid converts to lactic acid, the bi-product is something called diacetyl, which is the main flavour compound in butter. Most champagne houses allow their wines to undergo the ML fermentation, so the champagnes that don't tend to have fresher acidity and be more delicate and fruit driven.
Gosset 15 Ans de Cave is blended from various different vintages and was cellared in 1999. Cellar Master Jean-Pierre Mareigner remains tight-lipped about the vintages in the blend. The blend is 60% Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant and 40% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Ambonnay. It is expected that only a few hundred bottles are to be released to the UK market, with only 5,000 bottles produced.
"Its long ageing in the cellar, with no malolatic fermentation to pass the time, enables our 15-year-old Gosset to retain its freshness and elegance while gaining added vinosity, complexity, fullness.... The balance is ideal, and the bubbles are clearly at the service of the wine." Jean-Pierre Mareigner, Cellar Master.
The wine contains a very fine stream of bubbles and is a vivid yellow, with aromas of lemon and slight biscuit notes. On the palate a complexity of dried fruits and honey notes fill the mid-palate. This rich fresh fruit flavour is evident throughout the finish which is long and lingering, a great characteristic of Gosset Champagne.
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay 60% Pinot Noir 40%
Dosage: 7 g/L
Gosset 15 Ans de Cave NV Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles. Gosset Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“Deep lemon-gold colour. Distinctly evolved nose with opulent red fruit exuberance, dough and bruised apple characters of oxidative aspect. Muscular, well-built palate with firm high-acid structure. This multi-vintage is built to demonstrate the ageing capacity of a non-vintage blend, promising an ageing period of no less than 15 years in the cellar. This is the inaugural blend from 1998, 1996 and 1995 vintages, January 2015 disgorgement tasted.”
“Deep gold. Open, rich, complex nose delivering notes of orange-flavoured biscuit, stone fruits, dried fruits and gingerbread. The palate is lush yet also fresh, precise and fruit-forward. A superlative Champagne showing remarkable expression and length.”
The Gosset family have been producing Champagne from the Aÿ vineyards since 1584, making them one of the oldest Champagne producers, if not THE oldest in existence today. This very small producer is run by descendants Michael and Christian Gosset who today manage around 24 acres of vineyards. Within the 24 acres are 14 acres which lie on the best hillsides of Aÿ in the Lieux-dits of Asniers, Froide Terre, Croix Courcelle and Loiselu. A further 8.5 acres are scattered across the Premier Crus of Mareuil, Dizy and Avenay. Finally a tiny half acre plot of Grand Cru Chouilly (Chardonnay) helps to create the distinctive Gosset Champagne. Since 1994 it has been owned by the Cognac house, Frapin and Jean Pierre Cointreau is currently CEO of both companies.
Gosset has some rather famous neighbours, including Bollinger whose winery is located directly opposite. However, production is much below that of the larger houses, at around 1.3 million bottles, where as Moët et Chandon are nearing 30 million.
The house has many long-standing contracts spanning generations and together, over time, both parties have developed a model of working together that produces the best possible product. With this in mind, the growers manage their vines as they see best with Gosset managing the logistics of collection and delivery to the winery, ensuring the grapes are pressed as soon as possible after harvest. All villages are delivered and processed separately with the majority of the Chardonnay coming from sites in the Côtes des Blancs.
All Gosset champagnes are 'recently disgorged', normally with a high proportion of Chardonnay and without malolactic fermentation. This preserves acidity which in turn keeps the wine fresh for much longer. The Gosset style is very creamy, dry but not acidic, full, biscuity, and yeasty. Today the wines are presented in an antique bottle, an exact replica of the one used since the eighteenth century by Champagne Gosset.