In a nutshell: Full flavoured and fragrant rosé Champagne.
The lowdown: This highly reputable cuvee has a soft and flowing hue of salmon pink with a few ruby-cherry reflections. The nose is clearly marked by the strawberries in both the fresh fruit and the jam formats. Wild red cherry, redcurrant, and a hint of grapefruit dominate the palate. The mouth is well structured with a constant tension between freshness and a fruity roundness.
Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne, it was founded in Ay in 1584 by Pierre Gosset an alderman and winegrower who made mostly red wines. In the 18th century Gosset joined their neighbours and began to make sparkling wines. The grapes come mainly from premier and grand cru vineyards surrounding Epernay covering around 120ha, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the house's focus. Since 1993 Gosset has been owned by the Renaud Cointreau family, winemaker Odilon de Varine has worked at Gosset since 2006 and is the custodian of the House's characteristic style.
When to drink: A great match for summer fruits, plump ripe strawberries particularly, and also good with foie gras where it stands up to the richness perfectly.
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.