Gosset Blanc des Blancs Brut Champagne
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)
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.
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.
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 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