Gosset Blanc des Blancs Brut Champagne (Previously $90)
Blanc de Blancs are generally regarded as the lighter, more elegant members of the Champagne family, and, if this expressive and involving effort from Gosset hits the mark for refinement, it goes well beyond the norm in terms of sheer richness and depth. It is as complex as Blanc de Blancs is wont to get and sports layer upon layer of brioche, biscuits and cream, but for all of its autolyzed extras it is still spry and vital with life to spare. It is an altogether compelling Champagne best sipped slowly and on its own, but we would not refuse a few oysters if offered.
A very pure and pristine nose that offers a wealth of white flowers, sweet, fresh, yeasty notes and a core of chardonnay fruits that run from lemon to apple and pear notes. The palate's boldly stated; acidity is punchy and bursts up through rich, ripe lemon and nectarine flavor, with gentle toasty nuts wafting through the finish. Long, bold and beautiful.
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. (AG)
Light yellow-gold. Smoky, lees-accented pear and honeydew on the pungent nose, with hints of iodine and anise adding complexity. Juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors tighten up in the mid-palate, showing very good clarity and thrust. The smoky quality repeats on the smooth, mineral-tinged finish, which clings with excellent focus and tenacity. Lot #L346 1116. (JR)
This finely meshed Champagne features vibrant acidity and a satiny texture, with hints of apricot tart, marzipan and pastry cream enlivened by bright lemon curd, chopped nut and tangy fleur de sel accents.
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.
This is the very newest cuvée to be released from this, the oldest of Champagne houses. It is composed of Chardonnay from 11 villages including Trepail & Viller-Marmery on the east facing slopes of the Mountagne de Reims, Tours-sur-Marne in the Grand Valley of the Marne and the entire Côte 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. This conservation of acid makes for a very zippy, focused bottle. The genius of Gosset is to give the Trepail and Villers fruit a leading role, as these terroirs show a softer, fruitier side of the grape than the pure chalk laser beams of Mesnil and Oger. That being said, at only seven grams per liter of dosage, and no malo, this is one dry bottle of Champagne!