Champagne Gosset has announced the acquisition of ‘substantial premises’ in Epernay. The company plans to move its administration to this site.
Domaine Gosset, in Rue Malakoff is the former mansion of the Trouillard family. It was previously owned by Chateau Malakoff and has always had strong associations with champagne.
The building dates back to the 19th Century and has 5km of cellars up to 30 metres in depth. There are full production facilities on site – from the cuverie to packing lines. The recently installed fermentation room has a capacity of 28,000 hectolitres. The building is situated behind iron gates in 2 hectares of walled parkland.
Jean-Pierre Cointreau, CEO of Champagne Gosset said: “The building is distinctive and impressive without being ostentatious – the ideal home for the Gosset brand. It will accommodate the administration team and, in time, part of the production. This year’s harvest will be processed in the fermentation room in Epernay. This exciting acquisition will also provide us with the perfect place to entertain our customers.
“Until now we have spread the company across up to five different locations. Now we can operate from just two. The superb, beautiful, cellars dug into the chalky soil of Champagne will enable us to age our prestige cuvées for eight to ten years and we have cellaring space for up to two million bottles.
“We have made this purchase with the full backing of our bankers. Opportunities for an acquisition of this type are very rare and I am pleased to report that Gosset, while feeling the pinch like its fellow champagne companies, is in a strong enough position to add this jewel to the company’s crown.”
Champagne Gosset currently sells 1.1 million bottles a year.