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Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 2006 Champagne
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Owning just a few vineyards, Gosset purchase nearly all of the grapes required for production. The character of A˙ 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
Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Trépail, Vertus | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Avenay, A˙, Chignyles-Roses, Louvois
Grape Varieties: 56% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: Spring 2015
Dosage: 6 g/l
Tasting Note: The nose is very delicate with immediate apple and pear notes and as it warms a little, more aromatic floral notes come out. This has a lovely clean and defined palate of apple and citrus notes. Given time in the glass more pear and yellow plum flavours come forward. The finish has a hint of saltiness with fresh acidity that matches perfectly with delicate sea foods and pastas.
Pale straw. Already quite a bit of evolution on the nose – more than most 2006s. Lightly bready. Then reasonably sweet start tips it into brioche country. Agreeably medium level of fizziness and nicely dry on the end. Tight-laced finish. Nicely knit and at a good stage for current drinking.
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The Gosset family have been producing Champagne from the A˙ 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 A˙ 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.