Jonathan Ray

Wine Club 4 November

Wine Club 4 November
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Gosh I love Gosset champagne! And having recently been in the enviable but liver-challenging position of researching a book on my favourite fizzes, I remain convinced that this oldest of all Champagne houses (est. 1584) is up there with the very best. Thanks to our partners, Mr. Wheeler, we are able to offer almost the entire Gosset range at the best possible price, including the yet-to-be-released Blanc de Noirs.

The Gosset Grande Réserve Brut (1) is a blend of three vintages (2005, 2006 and 2007, I believe) and of three grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, of course). It’s rich, creamy and toasty with ripe and dried red fruit, a keen mineral note and a long, fresh finish. £39.50 down from £49.50.

The Gosset Grand Rosé Brut, (2) is a half-and-half blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a relatively modest dosage of nine grams of sugar per litre. It’s a beguiling rose-petal pink and is full of fresh raspberries and wild strawberries with a hint of citrus on the palate. £49.50 down from £59.50.

The Gosset Petite Douceur Rosé Extra Dry (3) is impossible not to knock back. Salmon pink, it’s full of strawberry compote and despite being Extra Dry is less dry than the previous fizz (with 17 gpl) thereby proving how confusing champagne terminology is. It’s a luscious partner to fruit tarts. £49.50 down from £59.50.

The Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut, (4) is 100 per cent Chardonnay drawn from several villages in both the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. It’s fresh, elegant and beautifully structured. £49.50 down from £59.50.

The 2006 Gosset Grand Millésime Brut (5) is from an exceptional year, especially fine for the Pinot Noir which makes up almost 60 per cent of the blend. It’s magnificent now, of course — crisp, clean, toasty and mouth-filling — but I’d love to see how this matures. £55 down from £69.

Finally, the Gosset Grand Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut (6), a brand new cuvée which has not yet been released except here in these pages. Made from only Pinot Noir aged for a minimum nine years on the lees, only 3,000 bottles were produced. Nobody will offer it at a better price than this. Fill your boots! £69.50 down from an RRP of £79.

These wines are available as unmixed half-dozens or as part of a mixed half-dozen with one bottle of each. Delivery is free.

Written byJonathan Ray

Jonathan Ray is the Spectator's wine editor.

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