Monday, April 4, 2011

Debate a Bubble - New Gosset Vintage Launch

Debate a Bubble - New Gosset Vintage Launch

Link to Debate a Bubble - Champagne News and Reviews

New Gosset Vintage Launch

Posted: 04 Apr 2011 03:38 AM PDT

Good and bad marks for Gosset. First the good:

Congratulations to Gosset on launching their Vintage 2000

This means that the champagne has had about 10 years ageing in the bottle, on the lees. That's a long time and much longer than many vintages champagne houses keep their vintages, so well done to Gosset.

What I was much less impressed by was the announcement and tasting notes. Just exactly the same as you and I have read a thousand times and there is nothing in the entire text to differentiate this champagne - which I imagine is terrific - from a thousand other champagnes. What a pity and how boring.

When will champagne houses learn to say something interesting that actually engages the consumers instead of trotting out the same old same old ???

Here it is below - judge for yourself:

Champagne Gosset has launched its latest vintage. The year 2000 was an
exceptional one; after being shaken by severe hailstorms in May and July,
the Champagne vineyards regained their vigour with the arrival of perfect
summer with warm and dry conditions, which extended right through to the
harvest.   Champagne Gosset Grand Millesime 2000 is a reflection of the
quality of the soil in the region and has taken the finest grapes from the
best vineyards: the result is certainly worthy of the Grand Millesime title.
The new vintage is the first in the new livery and packaging, recently
updated in line the company's commitment to sustainable development.

A blend of 57 per cent Chardonnay and 43 per cent Pinot Noir, on first
inspection it is clear, luminous and crystalline yellow gold spangled.  An
abundance of sparkling bubbles form a thin, yet steady and persistent flow.

On the nose it is delicate, elegant and rich with strong notes of
deliciously ripe fruits such as mango, pineapple, lemon, molten honey and
apricot and a gentle note of spring flowers like hawthorn, camomile and

On tasting, it initially displays freshness, dominated by the majestic mark
of the Chardonnay. There are lively and complex notes of the same pineapple,
apricot and mango, but with a hint of hazelnut, and a pleasantly long and
elegant finish.  The wine's consistency and richness is a sign of its
maturity – perfectly balanced sweetness emphasised by a judicious and
necessary 'under dosage'.

It is the perfect partner for poultry with a rich sauce and crisp young
vegetables. It is an excellent aperitif, but also has the structure and
power to accompany a whole meal.

More To Champagne Than Just Champagne. Part 1

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 03:19 PM PDT

People thinking of visiting Champagne often wonder if there is anything else to do here except visit champagne makers and drink champagne. Well in fact there is loads to do and something to suit almost all interests and all ages. Here are a few ideas...

First you can download a free guide to What to Do In Champagne by going here and you'll also find information about our bed and breakfast accommodation in Champagne

Next, If you like walking then you're in luck.

What to do in Champagne CBR There's a disused railway line running for a long way all around the side of La Montagne de Reims and it's terrific place to walk. In actual fact it's part of the long distance pilgrimage trail that runs all the way to Saint Jacques de Compostel in Spain.

Several people undertake this marathon for religious reasons, but others do it just for personal satisfaction If you're tempted to have a go it'll take you about 3 months in total and you can start from Canterbury, Aachen and a few other places accordingto which country you live in. If you do come along be sure to stay at our B & B in Verzy; we're only about 200 metres from the trail and we get a lot of wakers staying with us

There's not much evidence that there was ever a railway here but there are one or two things you can spot. Here's the old station in Verzenay that someone has converted into their homeFormer Verzenay station on CBR

The trail is well sign-posted and ( famous last words) it's hard to get lost so you can wander to your heart's content.

As you walk the path takes you between the vines and the forest that covers the top of the so-called Mountain of Reims ( it's only 200 metres high or so) and you get some great views. You can one below


View from the CBR

Then there's mountain biking, or VTT as they call it here ( VĂ©lo Touts Terrains).

There a real honeycomb of trails through the vines and forest, all marked out with coloured arrows on the trees indicating the level of difficulty as well as the direction so there's something to suit just about everyone.

In the hunting season you have to watch out for the hunters and their guns, but again the signs are clear as you can see below. All the arrows sensibly pointed in one direction : away from  La Chasse. I think I get the message

Avoiding the Hunt on CBR

Just to show you that I'm not just making this up, below is a short video to close showing some mountain bikers who came along just at the right moment.

In the next post I'll tell you about some more of the lesser-known attractions of Champagne











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