JM Seleque Champagne Solessence

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Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Dosage: Extra Brut

Size: 750ml

Origin: Champagne, République française (France)

Tasting Notes: Nose of sugar plums, lemon oil, white flowers, savory herbs. The palate is focused and moderate in weight with plum, lemon oil, and a pleasant minerality

Suggested pairings: Oysters or Fried Chicken and Waffles

This is a grower Champagne. Grower Champagnes are produced by the estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. This makes them so exciting as they change flavor profiles year after year due to the whims of nature.

Jean-Marc Sélèque (say-lek) returned to Pierry in 2008 after internships at Chandon’s facilities in Napa Valley and in Australia’s Yarra Valley with a vision of what he wanted to do, and didn’t want to do at Champagne JM Sélèque. The latter was reinforced by his experiences at those two large production operations, where vineyard practices resulted in all manner of “corrections” having to be made in the cellar. The positive ideas were simple, but labor intensive: in the vines, shallow plowing of rows by horse or tractor for weed control; reducing yields by careful pruning; organic and biodynamic applications to boost the health of soil and vine.

When Jean-Marc came on board in 2008, he turned the domaine toward the organic viticulture he envisioned. In 2010, he started working biodynamically, and now all of his parcels are farmed organically and receive some biodynamic preparations, a fact that he doesn’t make much fuss about because for him it’s not about the label so much as it is about making better wine.

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