Gosset Le Cercle Brut: Marcus Wareing Special Edition
Marcus Wareing and Champagne Gosset have joined forces to create an exclusive new Champagne. Champagne Gosset, Le Cercle NV, Marcus Wareing Special Edition is a Brut cuvée which will be listed exclusively throughout Marcus Wareing Restaurants; Marcus at The Berkeley, The Gilbert Scott, Tredwells and George’s Bar.
The creation of this cuvée, which has been personally overseen by Marcus Wareing, comes from a base of Champagne Gosset Grande Reserve from the 2014 vintage with some ‘special tweaks’, designed to pair perfectly with Marcus’ style of cooking.
Marcus is a great fan of Champagne Gosset which has become the Champagne of choice throughout the restaurants. Champagne Gosset’s cellar master, Odilon de Varine, Marcus Wareing and Marcus restaurant manager and Marcus’ head sommelier for over 12 years, Michael Deschamps, experimented with a number of blends over many months before deciding on the final wine. Marcus visited Gosset in Epernay in July this year to make the final finishing touches to the cuvée.
With a dosage of 7.5g/l for the bottle, and 6g/l for the magnum, and the freshness that is always associated with Champagne Gosset, the wine is perfectly positioned to match with Marcus Wareing menus. Michael Deschamps notes, “The wine opens with a crisp clean nose and subtle notes of apples and pears. It lingers across the palate with a nutty, pithy effervescent finish which is beautifully balanced with a touch of salinity. It is a great representation of the terroir.”
Odilon de Varine comments, “It was a great experience to work with Marcus on the creation of this special cuveé . Marcus is a chef who is so in tune with his palate and aware of flavours and to have the chance to create a cuveé with him was an honour and a great pleasure and we are both very pleased with the result.”
For Marcus Wareing this was a new experience and one that he will remember for a long time. He says, “I saw the potential of champagne with food a few years ago when we helped to launch a new vintage of Gosset at Tredwells, I could see that Gosset was not just about bubbles, but about the complexity of its wines and their compatibility with great food. Working with Gosset to create my own special cuveé was an amazing experience. We are delighted to be serving it in all our restaurants. We’re sure that it’s going to be a terrific success.”
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