Gosset "Excellence" Brut Champagne

SKU #100126 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid yellow. Powerful, mineral-accented orchard fruits and Meyer lemon the nose, with a sexy floral nuance adding complexity. Stains the palate with concentrated pear, melon and lemon curd flavors, with a smoky, leesy quality building with aeration. Surprisingly lively for its depth of flavor thanks to bright, nervy acidity and a chalky quality. Closes long and toasty, with excellent clarity and lift.  (12/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Refined and creamy, with delicate acidity that finds fine balance with the layers of poached apple and pear, lemon cake, ground ginger, smoke and almond cream flavors. Very elegant. Drink now through 2020.  (12/ 2011)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Flinty at first, this yields scents of orange blossoms and jasmine. It's a rich and robust Champagne, balanced by firm minerality. For sea bass roasted with chanterelles.  (12/ 2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tense and crisp, this is a balanced food-friendly Champagne. It is dry, and its apple- and citrus-like acidity has rounded out with some bottle age. The acidity cuts right through to give the wine a great lift of freshness on the finish.  (9/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut Excellence is a pretty, expressive wine that makes a good introduction to the house style. Clean veins of minerality support the fruit in this mid-weight, attractive wine. Pears, flowers and sweet spices are nicely layered into the finish. This is Lot # L0418110. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. (AG)  (11/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Gosset is small for a grand marque. At 50,000 cases a year total production they make about as much Champagne as Krug. They are located in Ay, the heart of Champagne, along with Bollinger, Deutz and De Meric, and they have been making wine there since 1584, the oldest currently operating wine producer in Champagne. None of their Champagnes ever go through malolactic. On their website, they list the Brut Excellence as being composed of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier, including 24% reserve wines from two vintages. When I met the sales manager of Gosset, she told me that they also use a small amount of Fromenteau (Pinot Gris) Petit Meslier and Arbanne in this reserve wine. Those are the almost extinct, native varietals of Champagne, and it would certainly explain some of Gosset's exotic complexity if they were indeed in the blend. This is rich, layered Champagne with brioche and pear aromas and a long, bright finish from the suppressed malo. It is snappy enough to serve for toasting, but has enough guts for a salmon dinner and enough exotic intrigue to keep the interest of a Champagne enthusiast all night. It should keep well, and even improve for a couple of years. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2012  | Send Email
Very few famous negociants are making Champagne of this quality- this is poised, balanced Champagne that has soul as well as polish. The Gosset Excellence is a great way to welcome friends to a dinner party, but also does very well with food and just one other special person!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/20/2012  | Send Email
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This lovely bubbly is excellent and is also a great value! Initially, it is rich with baked bread scents, vanilla and luscious yellow fruits. On the palate, it starts off rich and heady with rich mid-palate of Bartlett pears and fresh cream. The finish is a nice surprise, with bright acidity and just a hint of minerality. One of my favorite memories of this wine was having it with Caprese fare on a lovely warm night in Epernay. It was the perfect apertif!
Top Value!

By: Cindy Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/17/2012  | Send Email
While it's common to start with a bone-dry wine as the aperitif, I favor wines with a little more "oomph" for companionship as I get dinner on the table. A glass of the Gosset Brut Excellence keeps my hunger pains at bay with exotic freshness and a round, supple texture. A special value right now at $25.99 - you'll have to race me to the shelf!

 By: Mark Gibson |  Review Date: 5/15/2013 
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For the money, this is my new favorite Champagne. Beautiful cracked yeast pears and brioche nose, lively fine bead, lovely mousse and firm, dry palate - complex and really delivers a memorable experience.
If you haven't tried this, give it a go, you'll end up buying a 6 pack.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 5/25/2011 
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Brilliant pale gold, with a persistent bead of tiny bubbles surrounded by a constellation of pinpoint bubbles. Aromas of Fuji apple, brioche, and a bit of licorice. Soft creamy mousse. Medium-bodied, fruity yet complex. Balanced with nice acidity. On the palate, tart apple and peach at first followed by sweetened lemon zest, and spice on the back end. Medium long finish. Wonderful Champagne. Good value for Champagne.

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Other White Wines

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France

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