Champagne Gosset has created a 100% Pinot Meunier champagne, aged for 10 years before release.
Only 5,000 bottles of Gosset Grand Blanc de Meunier have been produced, based on the 2007 vintage, with 10% reserve wines from 2006. The wine was disgorged at the beginning of 2018 and features an extremely low dosage of 3g/litre. As ever with Gosset, there is no malolactic fermentation.
Gosset international business director Bertrand Verduzier said the quality of the wine had been ‘one of my great shocks’ in 20 years’ working in champagne.
‘It gives a different view of what Pinot Meunier can be in champagne and starts a conversation,’ he added. ‘It gives an answer about ageing Pinot Meunier, because it’s been in the bottle for 10 years.’
The key, said Verduzier, was to source grapes from high-quality vineyards in the ‘circus’ around Epernay, including south- and east-facing sites in villages such as Dizy, Champillon, Hautvillers, Moussy and Chavot.
Imbibe found the wine to have all the perfume and supple fruit expected from Meunier, but accompanied by an unexpectedly firm structure and a savoury edge of white pepper and light spice, finishing with sour cherry; a good match, according to Verduzier, for south Asian cuisine.
Like its 100% Pinot Noir stablemate Gosset Grand Blanc de Noirs, Gosset Grand Blanc de Meunier is a one-off, with no plans currently to repeat the bottling.
Gosset Grand Blanc de Meunier is priced at RRP£90 a bottle.