Thursday, March 7, 2024

LeDomduVin: Jacques Selosse V.O "Version Originale" Blanc-de-Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Extra Brut

Jacques Selosse V.O "Version Originale" Blanc-de-Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Extra Brut

I always feel very humble when opening a bottle of Jacques Selosse's “Version Originale.”

First, it is rare, as only 3600 bottles are produced annually worldwide. Second, it is such an excellent champagne that you must experience it at least once to fully understand why.

Understandably, it is very sought-after and hard to find as the allocations per buyer are small, just a few bottles, and only if you can get them. I have been fortunate to be able to source, buy, open, taste, and serve quite a few these past three years.

For those who may not know, V.O. is a cuvée "Blanc de Blancs," thus 100% Chardonnay grapes, harvested from Grand Cru vineyards planted on slopes around the villages of Avize, Cramant, and Oger.

The blend combines three consecutive vintages, made with the current vintage and blended with "reserve" wines from the previous two vintages. This blending method enables consistency in taste, highlights the original character of the wine, and reduces the impact 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), which contributes to preserving the Champagne's natural character, freshness, and harmony and allows to reveal the intrinsic quality and minerality of the various terroirs.

For example, this bottle was disgorged in 2019, meaning the blend is made of the 2012 or 2013 vintage, blended with some 2010 and 2011 reserve wines.

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, complexity, and concentration with finesse, elegance, and beautiful minerality.

Let it rest 2 or 3 years in your cellar to experience its full potential. It is recommended to serve it at 12°C. Decant it, if necessary.  

Cheers! Santé!


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