The Grand Reserve is one of the best NV Champagnes on the market! A blend of 54% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (Montagne de Reims), 46% Chardonnay (Cote des Blancs). from three different harvests; aged approximately 5 years in a bottle prior to release - an unusually long period for a NV champagne.
45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier
94 Decanter - The nose opens with the fresh ripeness of yellow apple and highlights of Granny Smith. It has beautifully subtle autolysis on the palate, deepening into notes of creamy apple crumble, Golden Delicious and Mirabelle plum, while remaining utterly strait-laced. Elegance, length and absolute freshness are inherent and quietly convincing.
Gosset is the oldest wine house in the Champagne region. Generations of the Gosset family ran the company until 1994, when it was bought by Renaud Cointreau. Today the Gosset legacy is in the safekeeping of Beatrice Cointreau, a dynamic, vivacious woman who manages Gosset on a day-to-day basis. At a time when so many top champagne houses are owned by corporate conglomerates, Gosset is a reassuring hold-out, a family-owned company in which family members are directly and personally involved.
Gosset's reputation for excellence starts in the vineyards. Its champagnes are composed entirely of grapes from Grand and Premier Crus vineyards, with an average rating of 98% on the official scale. Gosset only uses juice from the first and best pressing of grapes and unlike most other producers initial fermentation is still carried out in small oak barrels. Riddling and disgorging are performed by hand. Significantly, and in contrast to virtually all other houses, Gosset champagnes do not undergo a malolactic fermentation, resulting in a heightened acidity, slower maturing wines and that inimitable Gosset style -- powerful and full-bodied, of unrivaled richness and staying power -- in other words, some of the world's most legendary champagne.