Wine Tasting Note: Gosset Brut Excellence Champagne, NV, Champagne, France.
Independents around £30.
Straw yellow in colour with a fine stream of bubbles. There is a touch of maturity to this bottle – reflected in the straw yellow colour, the complexity of the aroma and the fine array of flavours to the palate. Yeasty, bready notes dominate the aroma while the palate has a softness. Rather good with a fine flow of the bubbles and a fullness that I rather like.
I undertook a little research into food matching with champagne; as one of the stipulations for this round of Wine Blogging Wednesday was matching the wine with food. While duck was not specifically mentioned, Chinese spring rolls were; mini duck spring rolls stuffed full with scrummy strips of lightly spiced meat seemed an interesting choice. It would need a full wine, which the Gosset luckily is, a lighter wine may have been swamped by the rich flavours.
Weight is not all though as a high acidity is need to cut through the richness. The crispness to the roll itself with the richness of both the meat and oiliness of the roll was perfectly cut and cleansed by the wines acidity. I suggest that little duck rillette canapés would also be a suitable match; although I found the mouth-feel of the warmth of the deep fried spring rolls contrasted wonderfully to the crisp coolness of the wine.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100