Grand Millésime Brut – 2012
- Delivering elegance, purity, freshness, fruit, precision and texture; dynamic, age-worthy cuvées.
- Exposed terroir by avoiding malolactic fermentation: Preserves sharp acidity, highlighting purity, freshness and fruit
- Longer than average aging on the lees: Provides complexity, richness naturally and requires less dosage
• Avize: CH, vivacity, purity, length
• Cramant: CH, aromatic complexity, salinity
• Le Mesnil: CH, structure, texture, minerality
• Aÿ : PN, full-body, mid-palate structure, aging
• Cumières : CH, roundness, mid-palate
• Ambonnay: CH/PN, finesse, tension, aging
• Mailly: PN, supple, ample, medium-body
• Trépail: CH, vivacity, density, length
• Verzy: PN, opulent, elegant, backbone
• Villers-Marmery: CH, purity, mid-palate
- Malolactic: None
- Bottled: 2013
- Disgorged: 2019
- Varietal Composition: 67% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 12%
- TA: 9.0 g/L
- RS: Brut (8 g/L dosage)
The color is a bright and clear yellow gold. Initially the nose is very fresh and expressive with notes of hawthorn, lilac, wild white flowers and fruit notes such as pear, plum and Mirabelle. The palate is straightforward with light notes of violet. Citrus fruit aromas dominate in this cuvée: lemon drops and grapefruit sustained by pear and plum. On the palate, there is citrus, caviar and grapefruit. The finish has a long, refreshing note with a hint of saltiness and lemon.
“The year was particularly favorable to Pinot Noir which shows here a good maturity, with a lot of fruit and body.” Jean-Pierre Mareigner, Cellarmaster
Suggested Serving Temperatures: Between 10 C and 12 C (50 F and 54 F)
Champagne Gosset Grand Millésime Brut — 2012 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
A blend of two-thirds Chardonnay with one-third Pinot Noir, this beautifully balanced wine is poised between richness and intense crispness. Its apple and ripe pear fruits are now softening and beginning to meld into the taut texture. Still a little young, this wine will repay aging. Wait to drink it until 2022.
Champagne Gosset Grand Millésime Brut – 2012 – Wine & Spirits – 94 Points
Jean-Pierre Mareigner made this wine and bottled it in 2013; Odilon de Varine, who took over as cellar master in 2016, disgorged the vintage in 2019. It’s two-to-one chardonnay to pinot noir, though the fruit ripeness of the pinot noir contributes more than its fair share of plum and red-blushed peach to the savory depths of flavor. As it opens, the brink yellow-apple flavors develop intensity, the pure flavor of fruit picked fresh, the incipient scent of apple blossoms. Tina Vaughn of The Simone described that fruit depth as “musky, delicious, sexy.”
Champagne Gosset Grand Millésime Brut – 2012 – James Suckling – 93 Points
This offers spiced berry-biscuit aromas and a toasted hazelnut and brioche edge. Berry pastry, too. The palate has a suave, sleek and smooth texture. Finely honed and finishes dry. Flavor and focus here. Drink or hold.
Champagne Gosset Grand Millésime Brut – 2012 – The Wine Advocate – 94+ Points
Since Gosset makes a point of commercializing wines only when they deem them ready, the 2012 Grand Millésime Brut will be released at the end of this year, while the 2010 and 2008 continue to wait in the wings. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, unfurling in the glass with a youthful bouquet of warm biscuits, apple, lemon and peach that picks up a more pronounced smoky top note as the wine sits in the glass.