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Champagne Gosset announces new non-vintage 20th century cuvée

Published:  22 March, 2016

Champagne Gosset announced the release of a new cuvée at a launch in Paris last night.

Gosset 15 is a blend of wines from several harvests, which was laid down in the cellar at Gosset in 1999.

The blend is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, with the Chardonnays selected from Mesnil/Oger, Cramant and Villers-Marmery, and the Pinotsfrom Ambonnay,  Aÿ, and Mareuil/Aÿ.

Jean-Pierre Mareigner, cellar master at Gosset for 30 years, said. "Prolonged ageing in the cellars, with no malolactic fermentation to pass the time, enables our cuvée, cellared for a minimum of 15 years, to retain its freshness and elegance while improving its vinosity, complexity and fullness.

"The balance is ideal and the bubbles truly work in the wine's favour."

Laure Patry, executive head sommelier for Jason Atherton at Pollen Street Social and its sister restaurants, described Gosset 15 as "intense on the nose with brioche and grilled hazelnut notes, showing development and complexity due to the long ageing on the lees.

"On the palate I found notes of dried fruits and acacia honey with a big structure, minerality and very fine bubbles.

"More a wine than a Champagne, [Gosset 15 is] very elegant with a long and dry finish with a good acidity."

Champagne Gosset was founded in Aÿ in 1584 and is the oldest wine house in Champagne. Its wines are primarily crafted from premier and grand cru vineyards and receive extended ageing before release.

Its iconic antique bottle has remained unchanged in design since the 18th century.

Champagne Gosset is distributed in the UK by Louis Latour Agencies.