CELEBRIS Extra Brut – 2008
WINERY: Champagne Gosset produces dynamic, textured cuvées that reflect their sourcing, primarily Grand and Premier Cru vineyards. By following a winemaking philosophy that minimizes inputs beyond what the grapes provide (e.g. no malolactic fermentation), the winery continues a family legacy of excellence that started in 1584, making it the oldest wine house in Champagne.
WINE: In 1993, former cellarmaster Jean-Pierre Mareigner decided to pursue a project that had originated with Albert Gosset (15th generation, 1915-1991) — a prestige cuvée that would represent the best of Champagne Gosset. Thus was born CELEBRIS, a 1988 vintage cuvée, sold for the first time in 1995. This cuvée is the culmination of the Gosset style and immediately joined other high-end champagnes in its class.
- Vineyards: Ambonnay, Avenay, Avize, Aÿ, Bouzy, Cramant, Cuis, Cumières, Trépail, Vertus, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
- Location: Champagne
- Cultivation: Sustainable; Vegan
- Soil: Chalk
Celebris is fermented traditionally with no use of barrels or malolactic fermentation and further aged for an incredible 12 years on the lees in the cellar, imparting exceptional texture and complexity to the wine.
- Malolactic: None
- Aging: Minimum of 9 months following disgorgement
- Bottle Aging: Cellared in 2009; 12 years on the lees
DECODING DISGORGEMENT DATES
Lot numbers appear on each case, as well as lightly printed on the bottom of each bottle.
Lot numbers have seven digits: for example, from the Grand Rosé bottle above: L 508 2110.
• The first number refers to the year the wine was disgorged, in the case of the example, 2015.
• The next two digits refer to the week in the year, in the case above, the 8th week of the year, (February 2015).
• The final four numbers refer to the specific lot of the wine.
- Varietal Composition: 54% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 12%
- RS: Extra Brut (4.8 g/L Dosage)
A deep yellow color illuminated by fine and abundant beading. The nose is floral with hints of white flowers of acacia, jasmine and mimosa. There are also fruity notes of pear and mirabelle plum. The bouquet is rich and heady, vinous but airy. The palate is characterised by marked pastry aromas: pear cake, vanilla madeleine, sponge finger, sabayon … The finish is long and salty.
CELEBRIS Extra Brut — 2008 – Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points
“The Champagne is showing signs of just turning towards maturity, giving it impressive longevity. The wine's white fruits, green-plum and citrus flavors have now muted as a rich nutty character develops. This is a great moment to drink the wine.”
CELEBRIS Extra Brut — 2008 – Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Points
“Rounded with ripe aromas of orange oil, almond pastry, and peach and is seamless to the palate with modest acidity, generous orchard fruit, and a richness and umami that lifts off the palate with delicate salinity.”
CELEBRIS Extra Brut — 2008 – Wine Spectator – 96 Points
“A graceful Champagne, showing a sense of finesse to the detailed intersection of bright, buoyant acidity and chalky minerality, with a fine, satiny mousse and flavors of ripe Asian pear, dried white cherry, salted almond, lemon curd and crystallized honey. Long and mouthwatering on the creamy finish, echoing spice and saline notes.”