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Champagne J-M Sélèque Solessence Bruttext
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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 cuvée, 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, primarily stainless with full MLF. However, ten percent is fermented in oak, sans MLF. It went into the bottle with no fining or filtration. This was based on the 2017 vintage, accompanied by 50% reserve wines in large tanks and wood casks as a perpetual reserve dating back to 2000. This spent 18 months on lees and was disgorged in October 2019 with 2.5g/L. Tight and focused, with red apple, green apple, lemon pith and mineral salts on a nimble palate, etched with a deep bed of chalk, and lingering with cherry and red apple. Lovely, easy, friendliness throughout this serious wine. Great value.Tasted: 17 January 2021Tasted 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