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Gosset 15 Ans de Cave NV Champagne 75cl
|Gosset 15 Ans de Cave NV - 75cl||Gosset 15 Ans de Cave NV - 75cl||£72.95
Owning just a few vineyards, Gosset purchase nearly all of the grapes required for production. The character of Aÿ has a strong influence on the House style, however the true identity of Gosset lies in the blocking of malolactic fermentation. A natural process where malic acid is converted to lactic acid, this can allow champagnes that don't tend to have fresher acidity to be more delicate and fruit-driven. Preventing this process gives the winemaking team at Gosset the chance to showcase the bright fruitiness and brisk acidity when the grapes are ripe and the quality is high - a hallmark of the House style.
Cellar Master: Odilon de Varine
Winery Location: Épernay | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): 1,000,000
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 15 years on the lees
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025
Tasting Note: A very fine stream of bubbles and vivid yellow in colour. Aromas of lemon and slight biscuit notes. In the mouth, a complexity of dried fruits and honey notes fill the mid-palate. The rich and fresh fruit flavour is evident throughout the finish which is long and lingering: a great characteristic of Gosset Champagne.
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The Gosset family have been producing champagne from vineyards in Aÿ since 1584, making them one of, if not the, oldest champagne producers in existence today. This small producer is run today by descendants Michel and Christian Gosset who manage around 24 acres of vineyard. Within the 24 acres are 14 acres which lie on the best hillsides of Aÿ in the Lieux-dits of Asniers, Croix Courcelle, Froide Terre and Loiselu. A further 8.5 acres are scattered across the Premier Crus of Avenay, Dizy and Mareuil. Finally, a tiny half acre plot of Grand Cru in Chouilly (a Chardonnay village) helps to create the distinctive Champagne Gosset style. 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. 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 champagne fresh for much longer. The Gosset style is dry but not acidic, creamy, 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.