Jacques Selosse Champagne Millesimes 2005


The 2005 Grand Cru Millesime surprises for its tremendous freshness, something that is quite rare in this vintage. Much of that might have to do with the recent disgorgement, but nevertheless, the 2005 is impressive. Lemon peel, white pepper and savory herbs notes abound. Selosse’s vintage Champagnes have a way of putting on considerable weight with time in bottle. I expect that will be the case here as well. This is a superb example of the year…


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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