NV Jacques Selosse Les Carelles Extra Brut
Appelation: Champagne - Grand Cru
Viticulture: Certified organic
Vinification: Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak barrels, then elevage in 20% new oak barrels before bottling. Six years on lees. 4g/l dosage
Production: 140 cases
Area under vine: 7.5Ha
Cépages: 100% Chardonnay (from Mesnil, mainly 2003 vintage)
'No champagne grower is as renowned or as influential as Anselme Selosse. Whether directly or indirectly, he has inspired an entire generation of young winegrowers in the region, and among consumers, his champagnes have become some of the most sought-after wines in the world.'
'The Selosse Champagnes possess extraordinary aromatics and a very fine mousse that is the result of density and richness in the fruit. With a few minutes in the glass, the bubbles will completely disappear from most of the wines. These Champagnes are best enjoyed with food, and should be served in generous white wine glasses rather than the customary flutes, which will allow for the full range of the wines’ aromas and flavors to emerge. Simply put, these are among the most monumental, profound wines being made anywhere, but like a great novel, painting or symphony, the greatest enjoyment and purest pleasure awaits those who engage the wines fully.'
Notes and Reviews
Jancis Robinson 19/20:
"Pale gold. Intensely fragrant. Lovely mix of bready openness and a touch of smoky reduction and tangy apple. Zesty orange. Fabulous richness AND definition. Full and toasty but also has a driving line of freshness. Almost a touch of resin. Perfumed too. Fabulous. Once it has lost its bubbles, it is even more like a white burgundy."