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First taste: Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs 2012

Characterised by long ageing on lees, Maison Gosset’s very first vintage blanc de blancs is from the highly lauded 2012 vintage. Yohan Castaing talks to cellar master Odilon de Varine about its genesis, and tastes and rates this impressive new cuvée.

‘I always like to remind people that Gosset is above all a wine producer and not just a classic Champagne house.’

This is how Odilon de Varine begins his presentation of Maison Gosset, where he is both cellar master and deputy managing director. Indeed, as de Varine explains, at this historic house founded in 1584 attention is keenly focused on producing outstanding base wines using such vinification techniques as ‘pumping over in vats during vinification, a deliberate choice to avoid malolactic fermentation to maintain vivacity, while also favouring a long élevage or maturation process on lees that will enable the Champagnes to acquire more depth and power.’

Scroll down to see the tasting note and score for Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs 2012

Yohan Castaing’s tasting note and score for Gosset Celebris Blanc de Blancs 2012:

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