JM Sélèque Solessence Nature NV

Brut Nature wines by default have nothing to hide behind so the fruit has to do the talking ... JM's is positively SHOUTING!

Excellent purity. Singular, refined. Superb love the line and length with excellent harmony. Pithy, layered, red berries. Excellent secondary development. Although the call is that this is the standard Solessence with no dose, it clearly is not. For a start it’s the base vintage is 4 years older, & it has been disgorged for almost 2 years. I can’t understate just how much difference this extra time makes. Brut Nature wines by default have nothing to hide behind so the fruit has to do the talking, no tricks with sugar allowed! By allowing the extra time pre & post disgorging the wine harmonises, the acid which seems extreme in youth resolves, the generosity of the wine builds. This is a superb effort.

50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir.  2013 Base. Min 5 years on lees Zero dosage.

$102ea in any 3+, $97ea in any 6+

Available on backorder

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Solessence is our philosophy: Ploughing of soils, strict pruning and control of yields. Favouring the natural balance and biodiversity. Single vineyard winemaking. Respect for the Life and the Wine by sustainable practices.

Terroirs: 7 villages across the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs : Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault and Vertus.

Winemaking: Individual vinification of each plot. 90 % of the wines with alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel and malo-lactic fermentation. 10 % of the wines with alcoholic fermentation in oak barrels without malo-lactic fermentation. Reserve wines stored in large tanks and woods casks as a perpetual reserve since 2000. Minimum intervention to the wine. Natural cold stabilization, no fining and light filtration. Bottling in Spring. Ageing on the lees for at least 48 months or more.

Blend: 50 % Chardonnay, 40 % Meunier and 10 % Pinot Noir, from harvest 2010 with 50 % of reserve wines from the perpetual reserve.

Dosage: 0g/L

About JM Sélèque

Jean-Marc Sélèque’s grandfather Henri planted his first vines in Pierry in 1965, a tradition taken up when father Richard began bottling his grower Champagne in the ‘70s. Jean-Marc himself took over duties in 2008 and began transforming this into the very model of a top-flight grower it is today. The estate has been renamed and the range redefined, while the completion of the new cellar in 2015 is a further statement of intent. Pierry itself is a premier cru village just outside Épernay, known (and increasingly so, with Jean-Marc as flag-bearer) as prime terroir for distinguished Meunier. A further six villages within a tiny radius account for the rest of the fruit. These are: Moussy and Épernay (situated, like Pierry, on the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay); Dizy, Mardeuil and Boursault in the Vallée de la Marne; and Vertus in the Côte des Blancs.

Jean-Marc is a worldly wine lover who marries respect for terroir with contemporary open-mindedness. He spent time making fizz in Australia and the U.S. for Chandon at the start of his Pierry quest. Every step chez Jean-Marc and Oriane has been chosen at the expense of myriad alternatives rejected because they’ve been shown to yield something less than the best wine possible.

The result here is Champagnes that are precise in their expression of fruit and soil, where autolysis quietly embellishes without dominating, and where – once you’ve shaken off the distraction of sheer pleasure and try to pick apart the elements – you find seamless harmony and elegant structure. These delicious and utterly confident wines are borne of intricately thought out practices, strictly adhered to. The wines – a million miles from any notion of stretched or contrived Champagne – are as natural, effortless and full of personality as you could wish them to be.

Where in Champagne are Agrapart’s Vineyards

Based in Pierry, the estate has five full-time workers in the vineyard, farming nine hectares of vines across 45 plots, with an average vine age of 40 years. The plots are spread across 7 villages in the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs : Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault and Vertus.

The map below shows the main sub-regions of Champagne

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From left to right Champagne vineyards by Soil Type, Aspect and Dominant Varietal

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93 Points

Based on 2012 with 50% reserve wines in the mix, this has an expressive spicy and savoury feel, with some almost peppery nuances. Smooth light pear and peach pastry on the palate. Texturally entrancing. Drink now. Tasted October 2017

James Suckling

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Champagne J-M Sélèque, Allée de la Vieille Ferme, Pierry, France