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Gosset "Excellence" Brut Champagne

SKU #100126 90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 One of the better non-vintaged Bruts in this month’s quick look at true Champagnes and ranking relatively high in value among its French mates, this expressive, fully autolyzed bottling emphasizes toast over fruit but has just enough of the latter to keep from becoming a yeasty, one-trick pony. As is the case with most all of its Gallic kinsmen under review, it has the balance and mousse we look for in fine bubbles down pat, and it goes a bit further with respect to layering and richness.  (12/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The new release of Gosset’s non-vintage Brut Excellence is composed of a blend of forty-five percent Pinot Noir, thirty-six percent Chardonnay and nineteen percent Pinot Meunier. I had not tasted a new version of this fine non-vintage Brut since the summer of 2014, when the base year was 2009, so three years later, I am assuming that this current bottling is from the base year of 2012. The wine shows lovely complexity on the nose, offering up scents of apple, peach, fresh-baked bread, a good base of soil and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is focused, full-bodied and complex, with a good core, bright acids, elegant mousse and very good length and grip on the well-balanced finish. (Drink between 2017-2027)  (5/2017)

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. (RV)  (9/2012)


 Light gold. Ripe pear and white peach aromas are lifted by a gingery element, with a subtle floral nuance emerging with air. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering plump pit fruit and melon flavors and a bitter kick of orange pith on the back half. That dosage is showing itself. Closes smooth and gently spicy, with good fruity persistence. (JR)  (1/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Smoke and forest floor notes are pronounced in this lively Champagne, with accents of crunchy nectarine, toasted almond, honey and lemon curd and firm acidity. (AN, Web Only-2015)

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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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
Gosset wines prove that Champagne need not exist on a richness to freshness spectrum, but that both sensations can be achieved in unison to magnificent ends. On the nose, the Brut Excellence displays lovely chalk and sweet pastry notes. The Pinot Noir takes over on the palate with rich red fruit elements which meld perfectly into a pronounced acid-driven freshness and a creamy, silky texture at the same time! A remarkable combination!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2016 | Send Email
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!

Staff Image 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!

Staff Image 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!

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