We’re happy to have two newly released sparkling wines launching in the LCBO this month, ready for all your holiday festivities.
Read below for more details on these striking wines, one a classic vintage champagne, and the other a traditional method bubble from Nova Scotia.
Champagne Gosset Grand Millésime Brut 2012
Founded in Aÿ in 1584 by Pierre Gosset, Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. For 17 generations Gosset was family owned, but in 1993 it was sold to the Cointreau family from Charente, owners of Frappin Cognac. The 2012 blends 67% Chardonnay, and 33% Pinot Noir, with 5 years on lees and a dosage of 8 g/L.
“Since Gosset makes a point of commercializing wines only when they deem them ready, the 2012 Grand Millésime Brut will be released at the end of this year, while the 2010 and 2008 continue to wait in the wings. The wine is still quite tightly wound after its recent disgorgement, unfurling in the glass with a youthful bouquet of warm biscuits, apple, lemon and peach that picks up a more pronounced smoky top note as the wine sits in the glass. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, broad and powerful, with a deep and concentrated core, incisive acids and a precise, saline finish. This is a muscular vintage of the Grand Millésime that seems likely to evolve slowly. Drink 2020-2040.” 94+ points, William Kelly, Wine Advocate, April 30, 2019.
Read more about Champagne Gosset here.
Appellation : AOC Champagne
Grape(s) : Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Price : $114.00 for 750mL LCBO : 596973
Blomidon Estate Winery Cuvée L’Acadie NV
From their estate vineyard, this is the first NV of traditional method L’Acadie Blanc, a smart move to cover off the vagaries of vintages in NS. From the same block each year, this bottle was 65% from 2017, with the remainder from 2016, was bottled in August 2018, spent 16 months on lees, and was disgorged in December 2019, with 6 g/L. Future vintages will have a perpetual reserve added into the mix, for additional consistency. Brisk, sharp and saline, with tight white flowers, lemon pith, crystalline lime, and a shimmering mineral salinity that pulses along to the faintly floral finish. Like all of Blomidon’s fizz, this has a palpable energy and nervous tension. Dosage is necessary to balance out the acidity here, and winemaker Simon Rafuse does it deftly.
“The entirety of a sparkling wine oeuvre is modified and transmogrified, designed and decreed of a new morphology where l’Acadie is concerned. It must be conceded that the Nova Scotia varietal speciality is destined to create cracker, lightning rod, back beats and bites in Nova Scotia sparkling wine. This from Blomidon adds spice, apple skin, orange zest and stony moments throughout. It’s amazing. Drink date: 2020-2025.” 93points, Michael Godel, WineAlign, October 26, 2020.
Read more about Blomidon Estate Winery here.
Appellation : Annapolis Valley
Region: Nova Scotia, Canada
Grape(s) : L’Acadie Blanc Price : $40.00 for 750mL LCBO : 21463
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