Jacques Selosse Champagne Millesimes 1999


Wine Advocate #186 Dec 2009
The 1999 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is an explosive, full-bodied wine bursting with fruit. This is a massive, towering Champagne where you can really feel the sheer density and richness of the fruit. The wine possesses exceptional length and compelling intensity in its layers of fruit. Mint, flowers and cloves are some of the nuances that linger on the eternal finish. As delicious as the wine is, the aromas and flavors are decidedly on the oxidative style and may not appeal to all palates. I also am inclined to think the 1999 won’t be one of the longer-lived vintages of this wine. Disgorged: February 3, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.


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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