A brand new Cuvee from Gosset, this is based on the fabulous 2006 vintage spending 12 years aging on the lees. A blend of 51% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, Louvois, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzy, and 49% Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. This did not go through malolactic fermentation and was dosed with 7 g/l. A stunning bottle from Gosset and close to the Celebris in quality is a little more user-friendly from its higher dosage. We were able to get a very limited amount of this, which will be arriving next week. If you follow Gosset or grower Champagne, this is a top choice.
Decanter (Anne Krebiehl) 94 points! "The deep golden colour promises the richness that nose and palate duly deliver. The first sniff reveals rounded generosity reminiscent of shortbread, further swirling brings yellow apple with overtones of ripe apricot. That apple and apricot combo settles into a mid-palate mellowness, edged and enlivened by smooth bubbles that frame all this richness with their welcome freshness. Indeed, the wine works as an indulgent aperitif but comes into its own with food."
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "Based on the 2006 vintage and disgorged in December 2019, the inaugural release of Gosset's new NV Brut 12 Ans de Cave a Minima wafts from the glass with a lovely bouquet of candied peel, warm biscuits, yellow orchard fruit and brioche. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it's bright and incisive, with beautifully integrated acids, a delicate pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Gosset's racy style has really synergized with the ripe vintage and long sur lattes maturation to make for a very successful cuvée."
Allen Meadows 93 points! "A reserved but elegant nose evidences a touch of maturity while offering up yeasty aromas of green apple and quinine. The equally elegant middle weight flavors are supported by a refined but intense mousse, all wrapped in a sappy, complex and relatively dry finale, indeed it's drier than the stated dosage would suggest. This lovely effort could easily be enjoyed now or held for a few more years."