An Oldie But Goody
Not oldie in the traditional sense of the term. In this case, Oldie refers to the oldest champagne house in Champagne. Started in 1584, Gosset is the original house in the region and still producing renowned wines.
At Encore Champagne Bar in San Diego, I was introduced to Excellence, Champagne Gosset, France, NV. The house tries to avoid using malolactic fermentation, so the fruit essence is well represented in the wine, as opposed to a champagne with strong bready, yeasty tones. It was round, balanced and delicious. Also impressive is the price. It was $90 for the bottle, but most likely goes for half of that in a retail setting. For real champagne that is quite a value.