2002 Gosset Champagne Celebris Brut
2002 Gosset Champagne Celebris Brut
In 1993, cellarmaster Jean-Pierre Mareigner decided to pursue a project that had originated with Albert Gosset (15th generation, 1915-1991) ? a prestige cuv?e that would represent the best of Champagne Gosset. Thus was born CELEBRIS, a 1988 vintage cuv?e, sold for the first time in 1995. This cuv?e is the culmination of the Gosset style and immediately joined other high-end champagnes in its class. The great aromatic complexity and beautiful finesse that distinguishes this wine mean it can be paired with the most elaborate dishes.
Very fresh, this cuv?e leaves a lingering sensation of purity and fruitiness without extravagance, with beautiful aromas of green apple and lemon.
“This is a champagne that was difficult to create. I selected contrasting villages in order to blend various personalities. I was looking for structure but also freshness. The final result is an exceptional cuv?e.” Jean-Pierre Mareigner, Cellarmaster
Wine Enthusiast (96/100)
Aged for 10 years before disgorging and a further time before release, this is Gosset?s top wine from a great vintage year. Extra Brut means it is dry, although the age of this wine has softened the intense acidity and turned it into an elegant, mature wine of great complexity as well as immediate attraction. It will age further at least until 2022, although it is totally drinkable now.
Wine Spectator (94/100)
Graceful and structured by firm, focusing acidity, this delivers flavors of apricot tart,sparkling-blend/> white raspberry, raw almond and lemon preserves, with a hint of crystallized honey on the vibrant, ethereal mousse. Offers a persistent, lightly smoky finish. Drink now through 2027. 2,100 cases made.
Founded in A? in 1584 by Pierre Gosset, Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. For more than four centuries, the family has preserved its house style, a true reflection of the terroir; a textured wine that shows purity, precision and persistence.
Champagne Gosset?s reputation for quality starts in the vineyard, where it sources over 200 unique lots of grapes almost entirely from premier cru and grand cru vineyards in the C?te des Blancs, Grande Vall?e de la Marne and Montagne de Reims. Long-term relationships with growers that date back several generations, allow the winemaking team to direct activity in the vineyards.
Champagne Gosset?s winemaking utilizes all the grapes and terroir have to offer and minimizes other inputs. Gosset carefully avoids malolactic fermentation, thus preserving the malic acid present in the grapes. Grower lots are kept separate until it is time to blend the cuv?es, and vinification temperatures are managed carefully to preserve delicate aromatics. During assemblage, all the lots are tasted blind ? there are no recipes. Similarly, dosage for each lot is selected during blind trials. Non-vintage wines are cellared for at least three years, vintage wines at least seven and 10 for the CELEBRIS cuv?es.
After 17 generations, Champagne Gosset?s philosophy continues to produce dynamic, age-worthy cuv?es.
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world?s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ?Champagne?, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France?called Champagne?and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, ?pernay, and A?, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne?s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuv?es are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir</strong > and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or ros?, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes?and uniquely, ros? is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ?blanc de blancs,? while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ?blanc de noirs.?