Maison Jacques Selosse in Avize was founded after the Second World War. Since 1974 it has been managed by Jacques' son Anselme, with the assistance of his son, Guillaume. Their champagnes have earned a reputation for being some of the finest in the region, achieving a rare level of perfection. They are highly sought after by Champagne lovers and showered with praise by the critics. The domain owns 8 hectares of vines and produces less than 60,000 bottles a year. The vineyard follows biodynamic practices but has decided not to seek formal certification so as to remain flexible. Grass is allowed to grow freely around the vines and the land is worked with horse-drawn ploughs. The wines, developed in barriques, are very exciting to drink and full of character although they may surprise novices unfamiliar with this type of champagne.
About the cuvée
The Jacques Selosse estate has been an emblematic, even iconic benchmark of the Champagne region for several decades now, and here offers us a Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs. It is a single-varietal made from Chardonnay, the leading and noble grape variety of the region, which has been tended with the utmost care. In fact, although the family estate is not chasing after any certification, it is nevertheless inspired by organic and biodynamic practices, while still acting with a great degree of freedom. One thing is certain, grass is grown between the vine rows, and they are tilled using a horse or plough. In the cellar, the philosophy of respect for the living is preserved through natural vinification techniques in which the native yeasts can quietly carry out their work. Maturation is done in wooden barrels and, for more complexity of aroma and flavour, malolactic fermentation takes place. Finally, the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. So here is a great wine created within the rules of the art by an emblematic estate, a wine which can be enjoyed just as much either on its own as a meditation wine or accompanied by gourmet dishes such as pan-fried foie gras with truffle jus, a crayfish fricassee or a Tarte Vigneronne with Marc de Champagne.
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