In a nutshell: Gosset's prestige vintage cuvée Champagne which spends at least 10 years in cellar before disgorgement.
The lowdown: A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the 2002 is a quite exquisite Champagne. Assembled from eight of the best Grand Crus only, this a beautiful example of their craft - subtle, complex, with great finesse.
When to drink: Best appreciated as a truly wonderful aperitif.
Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. Founded in Aÿ in 1584 by Pierre Gosset an alderman and wine-grower who at the time made mostly red wines. Nowadays the firm is based in nearby Épernay.
In the 18th century Gosset joined their neighbours and began to make the sparkling wines for the first time. It was at this time that the house adopted the unique antique flask-shaped bottle that is still used today.
Gosset's wines are characterised by their purity and expressiveness. Grapes come mainly from premier and grand cru vineyards surrounding Épernay and their winemaking style is characterised by minimal intervention, extended ageing and no malolactic fermentation. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are their focus.
Since 1993 Gosset has been owned by the Renaud Cointreau family who have sought to protect the quality and character of their wines. This has led them to keep production levels low and to respect the history of the house along with the integrity of the region and its vineyards. With an annual production of less than 1.5 million bottles (compared to many tens of millions by the large houses) their focus is always on quality over quantity. The head winemaker and custodian of the house style is Odilon de Varine who having been at Gosset since 2006 stepped up to his new role in 2016.