Jacques Selosse Champagne Millesimes 1996


Powerful, fine mousse Exotic, idiosyncratic, sinus-clearing nose combines poached pear, toffee, coffee, honeysuckle, loam and smoky, spicy oak. Dense, chewy and tactile in the mouth, with penetrating flavors of almost painful precision. Shows the classic exotic spicy, leesy character of this singular Champagne. At once very dry and impressively thick, and very long and youthful on the aftertaste.


The estate was founded by Jacques Selosse and his family in the 1950s, with the first vintage being bottled in 1960. The current owner of this estate is Anselme Selosse who took over from his father Jacques in 1980. Anselme studied at the Lycée viticole de Beaune and was one of the first winemakers to apply the winemaking techniques of white Burgundy to Champagne. In 1994 Anselme was named best French Winemaker by Gault Millau.
Jacques Selosse is a Grower Champagne, which means the grapes used to produce the wines are grown in vineyards owned by the winery rather than being purchased from other growers, as is the case in most Champagne production. The entire production is grown according to biodynamic principles and Anselme is considered a pioneer of biodynamics in Champagne. Selosse wines are fermented using oak barrels, in contrast to the majority of Champagne producers who use stainless steel tanks.


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