Four Centuries of Savoir-Faire
Dating to 1854, the House of Gosset is the oldest wine making house in Champagne. It was at that time that Pierre Gosset began making still wines, made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which were as celebrated and as popular with the royal court as those of renowned Burgundy appellation Beaune. Then as Champagne began to bubble in the 18th Century, the House of Gosset naturally followed suit and a great sparkling wine was born. Over subsequent years, each member of the family, spanning 16 generations, left a distinct mark on the House. Of particular note is Suzanne, widow of André Gosset, who introduced the celebrated production of Rosé in the 1950’s during her 10-year tenure as President. Despite this strong family leadership, in 1993 the house was sold to Renaud-Contreau family, who continues to maintain the rich tradition of excellence. This long-lived dedication to quality was recognized in 2013 when the house became one of two in Champagne to be recognized as an “Entreprise du Patrimonie Vivant,” or a Living Heritage Company.
“First the Wine, then the Bubbles”
Led by cellar master Jean-Pierre Moreigner, who has been a dedicated member of the Gosset team since 1983, the production of this great champagne begins with great care in the vineyards. The wines are composed almost entirely of grapes grown on Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to preserve the freshness of the fruit character as well as to encourage the development of a lively attack and better aromatic expression. These fine wines are thus, creamy and dry with characteristic notes of sweet biscuits and yeast.
“Let time take its course”
With a relatively small production, the winemaking team at Gosset is able to pay close attention to the development of the wine. Individual bottles are aged for long periods in ancient cellars, initially developed by a local grocer, Felix Potin. With this careful aging, the wines that develop are characteristically powerful, full-bodied and have great staying power. Celebrating this unique house style the wines are bottled in “antique” style glass, a style that dates to 1736, when the family began to produce sparkling wines.
Cuvée 430 Ans
In honor of its rich history of 430 years of great wine, the House of Gosset has released 430 limited-edition magnums of its special cuvee, aptly named Cuvée 430 Ans. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from three of the best vintages of the 1990’s (1995, 1996, 1998), the grapes represent some of the best terroir in Champagne (Ae, Bouzy, Ambonnay, etc). Aged for 15 years in prime conditions, this wine is well balanced with fine and abundant bubbles. Pale yellow highlighted with gold and green reflections, the nose is redolent with notes of honey, dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon. The citrusy attack yields notes of apricot, mango, peach, red currant and grapefruit before delivering a lovely, long finish.