Gosset Blanc des Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1166167 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut Grand Blanc de Blancs is a dry, piercing wine endowed with tons of energy and sheer class. Lemon, mint, slate, ash and apricots flow effortlessly from this pointed, beautifully articulated Champagne. This is a dazzling showing from Gosset. This is Lot # L1236121. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. (AG)  (11/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from fruit sourced from 15 different Premier and Grand Cru vineyards; L133 6121): Light, bright gold. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of orange, nectarine, sweet butter and honeysuckle, with a bright mineral topnote. Buttery, spice-accented citrus and orchard fruit flavors are braced by tangy acidity, which adds back-end lift and cut. Finishes on a toasty note, with excellent persistence and subtle floral and mineral accents.  (12/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This firm and lightly chalky Champagne delivers a subtle mix of crunchy quince, lemon meringue, fresh ginger and peach flavors. This is very elegant and refined in texture, with a beautiful vibrancy and long, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.  (12/2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 A pale and smoky chardonnay, manifesting the power this variety can achieve in Champagne. The wine feels tight as it smolders through wood smoke toward flavors of heirloom cider apples and saline mineral length. Supple, rich and edgy, this needs cellar time to mellow.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

This is the very newest cuvee to be released from this, the oldest of Champagne houses. They launched the wine in 2012, and I was lucky enough to taste it at the property in April of that year before it arrived in the USA. It is composed of Chardonnay from 11 villages including Trepail & Viller-Marmery on the east facing slopes of the Mountain of Reims, Tours-sur-Marne in the Grand Valley of the Marne and the entire Cote des Blancs. It is a blend of three vintages and is aged for four years on the lees before release. Like all of Gosset's wines, this Champagne does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Stopping the malolactic in a Blanc des Blancs Champagne is very, very rare, as Chardonnay is by far the highest acid grape variety in the region. The only other major producer in Champagne that I can think of that blocks malo in all Chardonnay Champagne is Salon. This conservation of acid makes for a very zippy, focused bottle. I think that the genius of Gosset is to give the Trepail and Villers fruit a leading roll, as these terroir's show a softer, fruitier side of the grape than the pure chalk laser beams of Mesnil and Oger. That being said, at only 7 grams per liter of dosage, and no malo, this is one dry bottle of Champagne!- Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2014 | Send Email
The dry focus of this Gosset made it a perfect partner for the sushi that I ordered from my friends at Akasaka in Menlo Park. The wine is very light and elegant, but even with rich salmon nigiri has plenty of flavor... It is a classy beverage, and I found it to be understated, subtle, and intriguing. I love Champagne that is hard to describe but easy to drink, and the Gosset Blanc des Blancs is a great example of wine that is easier to enjoy than to describe. The texture and bead are perfection, with plenty of tiny streamers to delight. I loved the subtle apricot aroma and flavor that contrasted the baguette-like toast in this wine, but the best feature was the finish--long, detailed and chalky. If you have a special occasion coming, this is a treat that you will love. It is a great bottle of Champagne.

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