Archive for September 2011
We were very pleased to welcome Philippe Manfredini, Export Manager from the house of Gosset, to our little cellar last Thursday to present the entire portfolio. The stunning line up was as follows:
- Brut Exclusive NV (£42.50, 45% Pinot Noir 36% Chardonnay 19% Pinot Meunier)
- Grand Blanc de Blancs (£72 100%Ch)
- Grande Reserve (£53, 43%Ch 42%PN 15%PM)
- Brut Millesime 1999 (sold out)
- Brut Millesime 2000 (£72, 57%Ch, 43%PN)
- Grand Rose (£64, 58%Ch 35%PN 7% red PN)
- Celebris Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs (£155, 100%Ch)
- Celebris Extra Brut 1998 (£115 64%Ch 36%PN)
- Celebris Rose 2003 (£155, 68%Ch 25%PN 7% red PN)
There were absolutely no duds. After the subtly yeasty (brioche), very elegant, "standard" cuvee we had the honour of being one of the very first places to try the Blanc de Blancs, a new addition to the range. This is a rich and profound style; Chris and I were very impressed and it has found a spot on our shelves. This section was finished off by the powerful Grande Reserve which has always been a favourite.
The '99 has been my favourite vintage cuvee since we opened, and so the '00 has a hard act to follow. On tasting earlier in the year it had a pronounced soy sauce character, but the nose seems to be better balanced now and it has fleshed out. It is not as rich and deep as its predecessor but is bright, refreshing, elegant and long on the finish.
Similarly, the rose is my favourite pink fizz. Salmon pink in colour, the initial attack has more citrus character, but if you let the wine drape over your tongue, beautiful red fruit flavours reveal themselves.
We finished on a high note with the Celebris trio. The Blanc de Blanc, a deluxe non-vintage cuvee based on the 1995 vintage (stunning Chardonnay year) is uncompromising, the citrus and minerality is amplified by the low dosage, but behind this is great depth leading to a very long finish. The 1998 was wondrous and for most was the star of a very strong bunch, very complete and profound and still very fresh at 13 years old. The Celebris pink is fuller than the "standard" one, and has a lovely creamy texture. A great wine though I'd happily make do with the Grand Rose.
What a night it was!