Our cuvée of the month for September comes from perhaps the foremost Récoltant Anselme Selosse, a man who in many ways kick-started the wave of artisan producers in Champagne; spurning the corporate ideals of the big houses.
Anselme studied œnology at Beaune and introduced the traditional handmade methods of Burgundy such as bâtonnage to his champagnes. His vines with an average age of around 40 years are pruned hard to ensure a low but concentrated yield. Harvesting is left as late as possible to ensure maximum maturity in the fruit. Vinification is carried out in used Burgundy oak pièces and malolatic fermentation is avoided.
Born from three successive years with a yearly production of 33,000 bottles, this wine is given 8 years in the bottle prior to disgorging. The rear label shows the date of disgorging and a further 6 months minimum should be afforded to this wine prior to drinking.
Champagne Jacques Selosse Cuvée Initial is a heady Blanc de Blancs consisting of 100% Chardonnay, the base of which comes from excellent parcels on the Côte des Blancs in Avize, Oger and Cramant. There is a nutty flavour with hints of hazelnuts and almonds; beautifully smooth and well structured the first sip confirming that this is a truly great wine, a must for any serious enthusiast.
Purchased for €80.00 from Salvatori in Épernay (October 2012)
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