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2009 Jacques Selosse Millesime

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    Jacques Selosse
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Anselme Selosse’s ancestors have been growing grapes in Avize for centuries, but it was not until 1959 that his father, Jacques, became the first in the family to produce and sell his own Champagne. That first vintage yielded just 2,500 bottles because Jacques Selosse hedged his bets by continuing to sell virtually all of his grapes. After obtaining a BTS degree in viticulture and enology at Beaune, Anselme Selosse took over from his father, who was by then producing 12,000 bottles per year but was still selling the majority of the crop as grapes to Lanson.

Anselme continued to make Champagne like his father, but confesses, “I did not consume my wines. Then in 1976, my third year of winemaking, I was confronted with a great drought. I said to myself that the grapes were so ripe, I must produce less foam — just a half-mousse. So I put in less sugar, and by doing this I realized I had changed my approach. I discovered freedom.” Since that epiphany, Anselme Selosse has been revered as a Champagne visionary by some and deemed as mad as a hatter by others. He is definitely eccentric, undeniably charismatic and overtly opinionated.

Tasting Notes

97 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Disgorged in January 2020, the 2009 Extra-Brut Premier Cru Millésime represents a new direction for Selosse’s vintage bottling, as Guillaume Selosse wanted to produce this cuvée from all of the six villages in which the domaine’s holdings are located. The resulting wine is spectacular, soaring from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of mandarin orange, honeyco­mb, ripe peaches, freshly baked bread, almond paste and dried apricots. Full-bodied, deep and complete, it’s elegantly muscular and multidimensional, with extraordinary mid-palate amplitude, ripe but lively acids and a long, intensely sapid finish.

95 Points Antonio Galloni
The 2009 Extra-Brut Millesime Grand Cru is a huge, exotic wine. Candied apricot, spice, tropical fruit and toasted notes all build in the glass. In 2009, the vintage wine is just that – wine. This is an especially honeyed, vinous Champagne, even by Selosse’s standards. I would cellar it for a few years to see if some of the baby fat melts away Today it is decidedly opulent. Disgorged: January 29, 2020.

2009 Jacques Selosse Millesime