Celebris is the free interpretation of a single year, which naturally prevails. This is the 3rd Celebris (after mighty 1998 and classic 1990) amongst the 7th edition ever released.
It typically has the Grands cru's skeleton that form the base of the cuvée. Originally, this one is the only dominated by pinot noir. Finesse, earthiness, ripe fruit, autumnal character, understated minerality; typical of the year.
It was first released in 2002, for most production, and another 1.000 units where kept on their lees until 2006. Then disgorged and 9g/l dosage; quite tight considering the additional ageing that helps integrating the liqueur.
This is the 1st reissued Celebris, it was worth marking the point: the house are long believers that ageing has to be approached both on and off the lees, according to the balance of the wine, to reveal its true nature. Wine first, bubbles later.
Coming back to the profile of the wine, 1995 always retains perfumed and ripe-fruit scents, interestingly after so many years it does not carry much tertiary character other than apricot, violet, for instance, but certainly no darker tones. This is just its nature! And the ageing time is here to let it reveal, and of course this is all malic retained.
This is an extraordinary Champagne in which just a thousand bottles have been commercially produced and sits alone at the very top of the tree of prestige cuvees from the Gosset Champagne house. This 1995 “Les Celebrissimes” cuvee will be the first ever “double aged” release from Gosset – a Champagne of exceptional quality.
As Gosset states, this is a cuvee that shows the wine aspect of Champagne and it has the similar qualities of some of the finest aged Grand Cru Burgundies.
The blend relies on Grand Crus from Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and d’Oger for the Chardonnay (46%); Ambonnay, Aÿ (of course), Bouzy and Verzenay represent the Pinot Noir (54%).
A mild, wet winter was followed by a sunny spring and a hot summer. At the end of July temperatures exceeded 37°C, almost comparable to the two heatwaves experienced in 1983 and 1976. Acidity levels, similar to those of 1985, are the assurance of great cellaring potential.
THE VINTAGE 1995
The 1995 vintage is elegant, underpinned by superb acidity and wonderfully complex aromas. It delivers an aromatic expression dominated by ripe, exotic fruit. This expression of mature, well-integrated aromas are heightened by a vinification that preserves the malic acid.