Gosset Grand Millesime 2006 Champagne 75cl Non Gift Boxed

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Country France
Champagne Type Vintage Brut and Rose
Region Champagne
Brand Gosset
Grape Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2006
Maturity Drink now up to 2030
Style Clean, defined and full
Food Match Delicate seafoods and pasta

The 2006 Vintage, harvested during a very favourable year for Pinot Noir, showing here a good maturity with a lot of fruit and body. 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 defined palate of apple and citrus notes and as it warms in the glass more pear and yellow plum flavours came forward. There is a hint of saltiness with fresh acidity and would be perfect with delicate sea foods and pastas.

One of the region's most legendary and revered Champagnes; Gosset's original Charter of Excellence has remained the same since the 1500's, with different owners seeing no need to amend it. In 1584 Pierre Gosset, alderman of Ay and wine-grower, made still wines from the grapes he harvested from his own vines. The reputation of the wine of Ay was such that François the First had his own winery built there, which is now owned by Champagne Gosset. Then, in the 18th century the wine made in and around Ay began to bubble, and the Gosset family turned naturally to the production of champagne.

For four centuries, great care has been taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to preserve a family know-how in making champagne. Gosset insist on only using the juice from the first pressing of their grapes and primary fermentation takes place in small oak barrels. Disgorgement and riddling are still done manually. Gosset set themselves apart from the majority of other Champagne houses by disallowing any malolactic fermentation to take place. This results in a higher acidity in the Champagne and a much slower maturing rate. When producing their Grand Rosé, Gosset add only the finest Reserve wines from their cellars.

In 1994 the house was sold to the family owned Renaud-Cointreau Group after the death of Albert Gosset, also owners of Cognac Frapin. This allowed a new level of investment to improve their vineyard management and production in the winery. However, the Cointreaus hold strong the belief that Gosset is a family run business and maintain the hands on approach that was started by the original Gosset family. The Gosset cuvees are still presented in the antique flask style identical to the one used since the 18th century and are typically very creamy, dry but not acidic, full, biscuity and yeasty. All the cuvees have good bottle age. The champagnes are excellent by themselves or with food.

Country Of Origin: France

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