In 1584, Pierre Gosset, alderman of Aÿ and wine-grower made still wines, mostly red, with the grapes he harvested from his own vines. In those days, two wines vied for pride of place at the table of the Kings of France: the wine of Aÿ and, from several hundreds of leagues further south, the wines of Beaune. Both were made from the same grape varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Then, in the 18th century, the wines made in and around Aÿ began to bubble. Today, the Gosset cuvées are still presented in the antique flask identical to the one used since the 18th century. The vignerons at Gosset carefully avoid malo-lactic fermentation so that the wines keep all their natural fruitiness.
The Gosset Excellence Brut NV has a pale gold / yellow colour, which is light, clear and crystalline, fizzing with thousands of bubbles. The nose is open and expressive, with rich aromas of plump, ripe yellow stone fruit such as apricots or peaches or even dried fruit (almonds). From the first sip the palate is rich, rounded and powerful. It shows lovely development combined with a soft freshness.
At Gosset they advise that this champagne is perfect as a refreshing accompaniment to simple grilled meat dishes in the summer heat. The light salty tang on the champagne’s finish reflects wonderfully with crisp, pan-fried garden vegetables.