Tuesday, April 25, 2023
LeDomduVin: Champagne Jacques Selosse V.O. (Version Originale) Collection Verticale
Recently, I stumbled across a case of Jacques Selosse Champagne, one of the most sought-after Champagne producers.
Created after WWII, the champagne house "Jacques Selosse", located in Avize, has been run since 1974 by Anselme (Jacques' son) with the help of his son Guillaume.
Their champagnes are among the most beautiful references in the region, reaching a rare perfection. They are thus extremely popular with amateurs and acclaimed by critics. The estate's eight hectares of vines produce less than 60,000 bottles annually.
This is different from your usual case of 6 bottles of Selosse. It is a limited edition containing a "Verticale" of the Cuvée V. O. (Version Originale) disgorged in 6 consecutive years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
V.O. is a cuvée "Blanc de Blancs", 100% Chardonnay, from vineyards planted on slopes facing north, south and east around the villages of Avize, Cramant and Oger.
The year's wine is blended with "reserve" wines from the two preceding vintages. Combining them in such a manner allows for consistency, focusing the taste on its original character and limiting the effect of variable climatic conditions.
The resulting wine is then aged 6-7 years on lees and dosed as an "Extra Brut" (between 0 & 1.3 g/l depending on the vintage). The higher level of residual sugar in "Brut", "Extra Dry", and "Dry" affects the taste and sweetness of the Champagne, whereas, conversely, "Extra Brut", which has a lower level, contributes to preserving the Champagne's natural character, freshness and harmony and allows winemakers to reveal the quality of the various terroirs they work with.
Unlike Jacques Selosse's "Lieux Dits" Collection, undoubtedly the purest expressions of the 6 top vineyard sites they work with, V.O. may not reveal as perfectly and precisely the real identity of the terroirs it comes from, yet, it still delivers charm, character, intensity and concentration, with great finesse and beautiful minerality.
Give it two or three years resting in your cellar to be a great companion to any occasion.
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