Champagne Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Vintage is the house’s flagship wine. This Cuvée, orignally created in 1993, is the culmination of Gosset style and immediately joined other high-end champagnes in its class. “Good vintage years ending in a “7” have been few and far between since 1947. Celebris 2007 benefits from 10 years ageing in the cellar, giving the vintage a fair maturity and fine balance,” comments Cellar Master Odilon de Varine.
Champagne Gosset is the oldest Champagne House. It was founded in Ay in 1584 and remained in the Gosset family until 1993. The Renaud-Cointreau family, owners of Cognac Frapin, bought Gosset in 1993 and have worked tirelessly to ensure Champagne Gosset remains a family affair. In 2013 they will celebrate 20 years of ownership in which production has risen from 400,000 bottles per year to approximately 1 million bottles.
Gosset is located in the Marne Valley and, although founded in Ay, they have also had premises in Epernay since 2009. The Montagne de Reims and Marne Valley surround Epernay and Aÿ and are known for their chalky soils and hillside vineyards that provide excellent growing conditions for the vines. Champagne Gosset mainly works with growers surrounding Epernay and focuses on Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. In the Champagne region the vineyards are officially classified by a scale known as Echelle des Crus where each vineyard is ranked between 80 and 100 percent. Champagne Gosset’s sourcing policy means that they have a high average across their range of 95%. (Premier Cru vineyards are rated from 90 to 99 and Grand Cru are 100 percent).
All of the grapes for the Champagne Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Vintage are handpicked. The Chardonnays are sourced from Vertus, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Verzy and Trépail. The Pinot Noirs are sourced from the villages of Cumières, Avenay, Aÿ, Bouzy and Ambonnay. The wine is vinified and aged on lees to eliminate all risk of premature oxidation. Malolactic fermentation is carefully avoided in order to preserve all the natural fruit aromas of the wine and to allow the wines to undergo longer ageing. Champagne Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Vintage 2007 is aged for 10 years prior to disgorging. Ageing for a minimum of 10 years in the cellar results in a beautifully complex and structured wine. This is an excellent wine for laying down. Bottled as an Extra Brut, the dosage is 3 g/L, to maintain the balance between freshness, fruit and vinosity without masking the wine’s personality and purity.
The 2007 is a blend of 57% Chardonnay and 43% Pinot Noir.