Who makes it?
The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut is made by the oldest of the Champagne houses. In fact, the house has been making fine Champagne since 1584. The Renaud Cointreau family now own this revered House. Gosset is not top of mind for most fizz lovers, however it should be. Winelovers around the world know it for its dedication to quality and freshness. Incidentally, their Champagne’s do have remarkably long lives in cellars around the world.
How do they make it?
The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. A portion of these come Montagne de Reims, one of Champagne’s sub regions. More importantly though, there is also a portion sought from Côte des Blancs. The Côte des Blancs produces some of Champagne’s finest Chardonnay grapes and is revered for its impeccable quality and finesse.
There is no malolactic fermentation during the first ferment, done in stainless steel retain its pristine fruit. The wine is bottled for the second ferment. After this ferment, it continues rest on its ‘lees’ or dead yeast cells for 3 years. It has a dosage of around 7 grams/Litre, so is still a Brut wine.
What does it taste like?
This remarkable wine has a such a detailed character. Some eggshell minerality gently underscores lemon and apple fruit. Furthermore, the time on lees gives it a delicious biscuity shortbread quality and this complements the scent of elderflower. This elderflower takes on more of a nettley quality in the mouth. There, it is unquestionably fresh and balanced. And the flavours last a long, long time after that sip is gone. The finish leaves a hint of toast and honey amongst the fruit.
What to drink with it?
A lightly toasty Champagne such as this will be great with grilled scallops, or a fresh cheese salad. Even better though, keep it simple and go for some delicate canapes! It certainly adds to the sense of occasion.
Some bloomy cheese such as Brie or Camembert please.
Quickie review « Undoubtedly a fresh and pristine style of Blanc de Blancs Champagne and one that you do not have to be in a hurry to drink. »
Country of Origin: Champagne, France
Tasting Date: July 2021
Price: UK£ | AU$
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: no
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