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Champagne J-M Sélèque Solessence Brut
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Champagne J-M Sélèque Solessence Brut NV

Champagne, FranceSélèque began in 1965, when Henri Sélèque planted his first plots of vines with the help of his father-in-law, Jean Bagnost, president of the Pierry wine cooperative. Henri's son Richard moved the winery into the modern era, and since 2008 third gen Jean-Marc oversees the estate, based in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay. Since Jean-Marc arrived, no herbicides have been used at the estate. For this wine, the grower house sources fruit from seven villages across the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs, namely Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault and Vertus, half of which are farmed biodynamically. With minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, this is a blend of 50/40/10 chardonnay/pinot meunier/pinot noir, based on the 2016 vintage. The majority sees stainless and full MLF, though ten percent is fermented in oak and sees no MLF. The 30 percent reserve wines are stored in large tanks and wood casks as a perpetual reserve dating back to 2000. The whole spends 18 months on the lees before a dosage of 3 g/l and was bottled without fining or filtration. Yellow, red apples, melon, tropical fruit fill out a full, fleshy palate. This opens and carries a punch of fruit and swing of weight to a snappy finish.Tasted: 08 December 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 49.99 BCLS AB 58.50 private wine shops Producer: Champagne R et JM SélèqueDistributors: Altus Wines
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot Meunier - Pinot NoirCSPC: 39693UPC: 00626990271802