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NV Gosset Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Excellence Brut" (12/14)

Winery: Gosset

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Excellence Brut" (12/14)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 45% Pinot Noir; 36% Chardonnay; & 19% Pinot Meunier

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $45

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: December 16, 2014

Wine Review: This wine is shimmering yellow with golden hues. The golden delicious apples jump out of the glass with the Excellence, alongside hints of caramelized peaches, and hints of honey. There is a lot a brioche notes on the nose as well. This is a medium bodied Champagne, that displays passion fruit, papaya, and mangoes. There is a lot of acidity that keeps the Excellence in check and balanced. The finish is all golden delicious apples, and it lingers for quite some time. The Excellence can be enjoyed young or drunk in 5+ years. Pairs with lobster dipped in butter. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: Color: A crystal clear, pale golden hue. Persistent fine, lively bubbles. Bouquet: Intense, elegant and inviting on the nose. Fresh floral notes reminiscent of honeysuckle, wisteria and white jasmine seamlessly give way to exotic aromas of pineapple, guava and mango with hints of caramel, gingerbread and cinnamon. A trace of pear liqueur completes the harmonious finish. Taste: This invigoratingly fresh and refined champagne is characterized by rich density and volume. On the palate, delicate floral notes give way to flavors of sweet peaches and nectarines over subtle notes of spices like cardamom and green pepper. The finish is delicate and smooth, with irresistible and deliciously sensual flavors of candied fruit, cinnamon and licorice. Serving Suggestions: Spectacular food wine. Enjoy with a variety of fish dishes, garnished with citrus fruit or butter-based sauces, as well as braised, roasted or casseroled poultry, duck or rabbit.

Organic status: not organic

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