Christian Gosset

The Gosset family has been cultivating vines on this land of noble origins for more than 4 centuries. Pierre Gosset, winegrower in 1584, is undoubtedly one of the most famous ancestors. His descendants include Auguste Gosset and his three sons. Among them, Gabriel Gosset, who initiated the Champagne production in the 1930s. With the help of his wife, Andrée Brabant, he elaborates his first bottles: it is the birth of the Gosset-Brabant brand. Jean Gosset, their son, a lover of the land, assisted by his wife, developed the wine business which he in turn passed on to his children, Michel and Christian.

After 30 years working in the family vineyards for Gosset-Brabant, Christian Gosset, one of the most experienced winemaker from Ay in the Vallee de La Marne decided to start a new project and develop his own Champagne brand.

In 2015 at the age of 50 Christian decided to leave his brother Michel and the family brand Gosset-Brabant.

Christian walked away with 5ha of vines that are certified HVE – Hight Environmental Value. The vineyards are located in prime villages such as Avenay-Val d’Or, Chouilly, Dizy, Mareil-sur-Ay and Ay. The average age of the vines is 45+ years old, and Pinot Noir is the dominant variety in the vineyards, with a small parcel of Chardonnay grown in Chouilly.

The first vintage released in the market was 2016, and it was made in the cellars of his longtime friend Jean Baptiste Geoffroy, from Champagne Geoffroy. From the 2018 vintage onwards the wine was made at its own premisses in Ay in a facility that used to belong to Pommery.

Winemaking

The main characteristic of his winemaking is the low-intervention, with the pressing done using a traditional Coquard press at his neighbor Geoffroy’s winery.  The first pressing must arrives by gravity into Christian Gosset’s cellar, directly into the vinification barrels, where it undergoes a spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts.

For the Brut Reserve, aged in vats, he makes his decisions as late as possible for the assemblage and proportion of reserve wine, around the following June, before bottling and secondary fermentation.

The wines are aged in his cellar for a minimum of three years on the lees, regardless of the vintage or cuvée.

The naming standards for his non-vintage Brut and Rosé reflect his organized and pragmatic approach with his Brut A01 being his first assemblage, containing base wine from 2016, subsequently Brut A02 will be based on the 2017, and so on.  All the single vineyard wines are aged in oak barrels.

Christian Gosset crafts gastronomic Champagnes with a trademark long and complex finish.


Wines

A01 - Brut (base 2016)

Croix Courcelles Blanc de Pinot Noir

Croix Courcelles Blanc de Chardonnay

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