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Champagne JM Sélèque Solessence Nature Élevage Prolongé Brut Naturetext

Champagne JM Sélèque Solessence Nature Élevage Prolongé Brut Nature 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, 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 2016, fermented primarily stainless with full MLF (30% fermented in oak, with no MLF). This uses 50% reserve wines from barrel, and went into the bottle with no fining or filtration. This is the same as their Solessence, but with extended time sur latte (disgorged November 2021), and zero dosage. Bright red and green apple is wrapped with doughy, cushy lees, and bright with pithy lemon through a chalky finish. There's a lovely balance here, with tight freshness well matched against the ample reserves and use of oak. Friendly, and serious. 5540 bottles produced.Tasted: 11 June 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Champagne Jean Marc SélèqueDistributors: Altus Wines
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot Meunier - Pinot Noir