Variety: 100 % Chardonnay
Country, Region: France, Champagne
'A Great Wine before being a Great Champagne'
This exceptional cuvée is distinguished by its rarity. The very first edition of Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs Vintage. It is a limited edition of 15,000 bottles.
Time is part of the essence and personality of Celebris. It contributes to the expression of the style of this confidential cuvée.
'This is the first vintage Blanc de Blancs of the House. The Chardonnays from 2012 were particularly suited to the desired balance for a Gosset Celebris cuvée.' Odilon de Varine, Gosset Cellar Master.
Vinified and aged on lees to eliminate all risk of premature oxidation. Malolactic fermentation is carefully avoided in order to preserve all the natural fruit aromas of the wine and to allow the wines to undergo longer ageing. The Brut dosage (7 g/l) to maintain the balance between freshness, fruit and vinosity without masking the wine’s personality and purity. Ageing for a minimum of 9 years in the cellar results in a beautifully complex and structured wine.
The 2012 Celebris Blanc de Blancs is 100 % Chardonnay from the villages of Ambonnay, Avize, Cramant, Cumières, Passy-sur-Marne, Trépail, Vertus, Villers-Marmery, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Tiraged: March 2013
Disgorged: March 2022
Dosage: 7 g/l
The colour is golden with emerald reflections and particularly fine bubbles.
The nose is fresh, with a hint of menthol spicing up the fruity aromas of pink grapefruit and frangipane.
The attack is clear and fresh with a touch of lemon. On the mid-palate, the wine evokes a range of gourmet aromas: apples baked in salted butter, tarte tatin, far breton... This subtle complexity is enhanced by a spicy touch of candied ginger and star anise. The long, tonic and mineral finish evokes fresh pineapples with a touch of citrus.
This Great Wine harmonises with dishes that are both fresh and complex: fish rillettes, ceviche, carpaccio, marinated fish, scallop tartar, oysters or even grilled fish. It will also be very elegant with parmesan cheese. Its freshness also allows it to be paired with more traditional dishes such as white meats and poultry in a light sauce, braised veal and even kidneys cooked in white port.
Established since 1584, Gosset is one of the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producers. Whilst the champagnes that they produce have never been plentiful in quantity, they have distinguished themselves with the consistently superb quality throughout the entire range of champagnes produced. Remaining a family owned house, the Gosset family sold the business to the Cointreau family in 1994.
Starting with their flagship champagne, the superbly aged Grande Reserve multi-vintage, it is clear that they have sought to exceed all standards required by the region. Firstly, and most strikingly, the presentation is remarkable in heavy dark antique bottles that are unique to Gosset. Instead of aging this champagne for 3 years on lees before bottling, Gosset have aged this blend for four and half years. After bottling, this champagne is then aged a further 6 months in their cool cellars before they permit this champagne to be sold.
From the superbly smooth and well rounded flavours of the Grande Reserve to the elegance and perfume of the brilliant Grand Rose champagne to the incomparable Grand Millesime vintage it is clear that these champagnes have been conceived for the most demanding champagne enthusiast. Whilst the vintage champagnes are only released in the very best years, the cellaring capacity of Gosset champagnes in those select vintages is well documented. At Gosset malolactic fermentation is avoided to ensure sufficient acidity enabling a long evolution.