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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 1999
Gosset Grand Millesime Brut 1999
(search item no. 88352)
The Wine News rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Founded in Ay Pierre Gosset in 1584, Gosset is one of the smallest producers of luxury Champagne, but what it lacks in volume it amply makes up for in quality and prestige.

Gosset only uses juice from the first and best pressing of grapes, and unlike most other producers, initial fermentation is still carried out in small oak barrels. Riddling and disgorgement are performed by hand.

Significantly, and in contrast to virtually all other houses, Gosset Champagnes do not undergo a malolactic fermentation, resulting in a heightened acidity, slower maturing wines and that inimitable Gosset style – powerful and full-bodied, of unrivaled richness and staying power – in other words, some of the world's most legendary Champagne.

Millésime Brut 1999 is presented in a 750 ml unique and distinctive antique-style bottle, an exact replica of the bottles in use at Gosset during the late 1800s.

Grape Varieties
56% Chardonnay (almost entirely Grands Crus vineyards all located in the Cote de Blancs), 44% Pinot Noir (predominantly Grand and Premier Crus vineyards, all located in the Montagne de Reimes and Vallee da la Marne).

Bouquet
A Champagne of perfect balance, elegance and great staying power. Accents of jasmine, white lilac and Tahitian vanilla mingle with scents of apricot, peach, pear and toasted nuts in its powerful bouquet.

Taste
A crisp, graceful, rich and lasting flavor that recalls notes of cinnamon, almond, dried fruit and anise. Delicate and enduring effervescence. A Champagne with great aging potential.

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About Gosset:

Founded in Aÿ in 1584 by Pierre Gosset, Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. It also remains one of the most prestigious, considered by many collectors and connoisseurs as the world’s preeminent name in luxury champagne. In 2009, this storied winemaker celebrated a landmark 425-year anniversary.

Gosset's reputation for excellence starts on the vines. Its champagnes are composed almost entirely of grapes from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. Unlike most champagne producers, this illustrious wine house purposely avoids malolactic fermentation and always performs riddling and disgorging of prestige cuvées and large-format bottles by hand. Gosset champagnes are made with infinite care and kept in dark cellars for at least three years – and up to five for vintage and prestige cuvées – before release.

Gosset's inimitable style – powerful and full-bodied, of unrivaled richness and staying power – has changed little over the centuries. Once a favorite of the kings and queens of France, it is now a fixture on the wine lists of some of the most lauded restaurants in the world, recognized by expert sommeliers for its exceptional capacity to enhance a wide range of cuisine.

Gosset's legacy is today in the safekeeping of the Cointreau family, who also owns and manages the highly regarded Cognac Frapin. While other champagne houses are handing over the reigns to large corporations, the members of this family are personally involved in the winemaking practices that have, over 425 years, made Gosset the ultimate name in champagne. In 2009, the family announced the acquisition of a new property in the heart of Epernay, which, with space for up to 2.5 million bottles, will serve as an extension to its production facilities in Aÿ.