Managed by Michel and Christian Gosset, working with plots in Ay, Mareuil sur Ay, Dizy, Avenay Val d’Or and Chouilly, this house produces one of the drinkable Champagnes around!

I make a point to visit at least once a year to pick up a few cases of their Premier Cru with it’s delightfully fruity palate and great balance without ever being too complicated.

The Reserve Grand Cru is a step up in precision but at the same time requires the palate to be switched on. The same can be said for his single varietal wine Noirs d’Ay. I have yet to access these wines at their peak, as I believe they demand some time in the bottle, and glass, to truly express themselves in a manner with which I expect.

Cuvee Gabriel, his vintage wine, shows a wonderful deep golden hue and lovely ruby and red fruit nose. The palate is all red fruit skin with a sweet toasty end note. I was seduced. However, on investigating some of his older wines, which are available under the label Cuvee de Collection, I found this slightly stewed note in a number of vintages. Lacking depth in the mid-palate, especially noticeable in a vintage like 1995 or 1996 where you expect so much. They are, I stress, still extremely fun wines to try, I was just hoping for a touch more…


Gosset Brabant Brut 1er Cru

Half bottle. Nice ripe mature nose. Apple and deep forest fruits. Quite stewed and rich. Moreish mid to late palate. Dark chocolate and toast on the mid-late palate. Impressive depth for this style of wine but not for much longer I feel in these bottles…

Gosset Brabant Cuvee Gabriel

Steady stream of bubbles. Deep golden with a hint of red! Lovely ruby and red fruit nose. Sweet mousse. Luscious rich mid-palate. Lovely red fruit skin and bristling toasty end-palate. This wine will broaden spectacularly and become wonderful. Sweet cherry fruit. Opens up beautifully with food especially tasted bread and bizarrely burgers!