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    Gosset Grand Millesime 750 ML 1999

    The Gosset family have been making wine in Champagne since 1584, a date that precedes the creation of the first Champagne house - Ruinart - by well over a century. Gosset lay no claim to this apparently much-coveted title, simply because in the 16th century the Gosset family weren't making Champagne.

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    The founder was Pierre Gosset, an alderman of Aÿ, who made from his vineyard of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay a still table wine. It wasn't until two centuries later that the Gosset family turned their attention towards the production of sparkling wine instead.

    The range of wines from Gosset starts with the rather simple Brut Excellence, a blend of 42% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (premier & grand cru) and 13% Pinot Meunier. It comprises 24% reserve wines, and is distinguishable from the rest of the range by several means. Firstly, this cuvée is presented in a standard Champagne bottle. Secondly, there is a marked step up in quality from this basic cuvée to the rest of the range, all of which are presented in bottles similar to those used by Jean Gosset in the 18th century. The first of the Grandes Cuvées is the Grande Réserve, a non vintage cuvée blended from three vintages, comprising 46% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier, including 12% reserve wines. This is frequently of very high quality. The final non-vintage wine in the portfolio is the Grand Rosé, a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend with addition of red wine from Bouzy and Ambonnay.

     

    Gosset is a house that has survived a takeover, as a number of Champagne houses have done, and continues in my opinion to produce high quality wines. The occasional questionable bottle I have tasted can be put down to poor storage before I purchased it. These are wines which, perhaps with the exception of the Brut Excellence, are well worth going out of your way to experience.

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