Champagne producer Gosset has revealed plans to launch a 12-year-aged non-vintage cuvée
The house is set to roll out Gosset Champagne Brut 12 Ans de Cave a Minima to the trade this month. The launch follows the 15 Ans, which was released in 2016.
Imbibe received a sneak preview of the new cuvée earlier this year, as part of the Gosset Matchmakers winners’ trip to Champagne.
The expression, which is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, spent 12 years on the lees before being disgorged in 2019. The wine is based on the 2006 vintage and the Champagne’s dosage is 7g/l. The blend focuses on the flagship cru of the house: Aÿ, Mareuil/Aÿ, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Villers-Marmery.
Jean-Pierre Cointreau, president of Gosset’s parent company Iconic Nectars, described the idea as ‘a new concept in Champagne’. He said the 12 Ans is a result of a conversation with the cellar a few years ago, suggesting there was suitable wine for the cuvée.
‘It’s a number that consumers understand,’ he said. ‘It also suggests that Gosset is different to other houses.’
Skylon head sommelier Melody Wong, who joined the Gosset visit as a judge of the Matchmakers competition, described the new expression as a food wine.
On the nose, Wong picked up ‘caramel and baked apple, lots of conference pears and green apple…reminds me a bit of Camembert cheese,’ she added. On the palate, Wong describes a lightness as well as ‘pure minerality’.
‘Delicate bubbles, layered baked stone fruit – apricots and peach – fresh conference pears. Good with cheese.’
Matchmakers' winning chef Piero Italiano described the new expression as a gastronomic wine: ‘It’s a rich wine with a powerful lees character,’ he said.
The competition’s winning sommelier, Pierre Chaplault-Maestracci (who was represented in the competition by Oskars Mickans), described the wine as intense and complex with a long and beautiful finish and plenty of lees character. In terms of food pairings, both Chaplault-Maestracci and Italiano suggested ceviche and Mexican spices, although Italiano added that the wine is versatile enough for many styles of food.
Gosset Champagne Brut 12 Ans de Cave a Minima will launch to the trade on 15 June, via Louis Latour. The RRP is expected to be £90.
Imbibe travelled to visit Gosset in Champagne alongside the winners from the most recent Gosset Matchmakers competition. Gosset Matchmakers is open to young sommeliers and chefs in the UK on-trade. The pair must work together to come up with an inspiring, imaginative and successful match for Gosset Champagne.
Gosset and Imbibe are delighted to be running the Matchmakers competition again this year – for what will be the fifth year of the competition. Keep your eyes peeled on here and on our social media channels for details about Gosset Matchmakers 2020 coming soon...