Champagne house Gosset launched a new multi-vintage cuvée today with an exclusive on-trade tasting in London.
The 15 Ans is a blend of wines from different vintages that was cellared in 1999. ‘Its long ageing in the cellar, with no malolactic fermentation, enables our 15-year-old Gosset to retain its freshness and elegance, while gaining added vinosity, complexity and fullness,’ said cellar master Jean-Pierre Mareigner.
Although he remained tight-lipped about the vintages used, he confirmed that the blend is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, including Chardonnay sourced from Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Cramant and Pinot from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Ambonnay.
‘Vintage champagnes are considered the best wines in Champagne – but we don’t think so,’ commented Bertrand Verduzier, area export director at Champagne Gosset. ‘Our work is to blend and we think the future is to talk about time of ageing. Today people never have time; they run out of time. But we are offering them time,’ he added.
Talking exclusively to Imbibe, Verduzier explained that the idea for 15 Ans developed from experimental bottlings by Mareigner, which proved to be ‘a good extension of the Gosset style: structured, rich and with depth. This is a connoisseur’s wine; very gastronomic,’ he added. Only 5,000 bottles of 15 Ans have been produced.
RRP £95, Louis Latour Agencies, 020 7409 7276