Champagne Gosset Grande Reserve Brut is the true signature of the House. It’s style rests on Pinot Noir from Ay which gives the structure to the wine. Malolactic fermentation has been avoided to preserve the freshness and the elegance of the fruit and a long ageing in cellars will bring roundness and complexity.
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 premised 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)
The cuveé for the Champagne Gosset Grande Reserve Brut is 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier. The wine is aged for up to 36 months on the less prior to disgorging. As mentioned above, malolactic fermentation is avoided to retain the natural fruitiness of the wine. The dosage is 8g/L.