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Gosset "Excellence" Brut Champagne SKU #100126

Price: $34.99

CG 90 JG 90 W&S 90
WE 90
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K&L Notes

Gosset is small for a grand marque. At 50,000 cases a year total production they make about as much Champagne as Krug. They are located in Ay, the heart of Champagne, along with Bollinger, Deutz and De Meric, and they have been making wine there since 1584, the oldest currently operating wine producer in Champagne. None of their Champagnes ever go through malolactic. On their website, they list the Brut Excellence as being composed of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier, including 24% reserve wines from two vintages. When I met the sales manager of Gosset, she told me that they also use a small amount of Fromenteau (Pinot Gris) Petit Meslier and Arbanne in this reserve wine. Those are the almost extinct, native varietals of Champagne, and it would certainly explain some of Gosset's exotic complexity if they were indeed in the blend. This is rich, layered Champagne with brioche and pear aromas and a long, bright finish from the suppressed malo. It is snappy enough to serve for toasting, but has enough guts for a salmon dinner and enough exotic intrigue to keep the interest of a Champagne enthusiast all night. It should keep well, and even improve for a couple of years. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Gosset wines prove that Champagne need not exist on a richness to freshness spectrum, but that both sensations can be achieved in unison to magnificent ends. On the nose, the Brut Excellence displays lovely chalk and sweet pastry notes. The Pinot Noir takes over on the palate with rich red fruit elements which meld perfectly into a pronounced acid-driven freshness and a creamy, silky texture at the same time! A remarkable combination!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This lovely bubbly is excellent and is also a great value! Initially, it is rich with baked bread scents, vanilla and luscious yellow fruits. On the palate, it starts off rich and heady with rich mid-palate of Bartlett pears and fresh cream. The finish is a nice surprise, with bright acidity and just a hint of minerality. One of my favorite memories of this wine was having it with Caprese fare on a lovely warm night in Epernay. It was the perfect apertif!
    Top Value!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    Very few famous negociants are making Champagne of this quality- this is poised, balanced Champagne that has soul as well as polish. The Gosset Excellence is a great way to welcome friends to a dinner party, but also does very well with food and just one other special person!
  • Cindy Westby
    By: Cindy Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    While it's common to start with a bone-dry wine as the aperitif, I favor wines with a little more "oomph" for companionship as I get dinner on the table. A glass of the Gosset Brut Excellence keeps my hunger pains at bay with exotic freshness and a round, supple texture. A special value right now at $25.99 - you'll have to race me to the shelf!


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