This is a multivintage blend, bringing together wines from three vintages, and it’s aged on lees for four years, adding extra complexity. This is a bold, powerful, gastronomic Champagne. There’s no malolactic fermentation, which keeps the acidity brisk and keen. Lots of interest here, and I also love the distinctive bottle shape, which is really classy.
Champagne Gosset Grande Réserve Brut NV France
12% alcohol. 2012 base, disgorged 2017, 8 g/litre dosage. This is delicious, full flavoured Champagne. It’s very rich, with some toast, spice and baked apple alongside truffle, lemons, yellow plums and dried herbs. Keen acidity gives this a very dry, savoury character, but there are sweet nutty and honeyed notes on the finish. Powerful and lively, this is a nuanced, intense wine with lovely focus and depth. Very much in a richer style, but with precision, too. 93/100 (£50 from Borough Wines, Corney & Barrow, The General Wine Company, Flootes, The Vine King, Bon Coeur Fine Wines, Mr Wheeler, Harvey Nichols, Lea & Sandeman, Just in Cases, Fine Wine Sellers (www. finewinesellers.co.uk), TheDrinkShop.com, Ann et Vin, Amps Fine Wines, Huntsworth Wine, Mill Hill Wines, Portland Wine Cellars, Flagship Wines, Quaff Fine Wine Merchant, Handford Wines, Blue Otter Wines, Wine Utopia, Great Horkesley Wines, Champagne Direct (www.champagnedirect.co.uk), Fareham Wine Cellar, Hennings Wine, Whole Foods Market (Kensington), Cellar Door Wines, Warlingham Wines, The Whisky Exchange, Fortnum & Mason, The Finest Bubble)