NV Champagne Jacques Selosse Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Version Originale

One of the rare birds of Champagne made by one of the region's most iconic names. This is extremely limited. Do not hesitate.

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Anselme Selosse is one of the most revolutionary figures in the world of wine today.

The ultimate iconoclast, Anselme took the concepts and traditions that made the best wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley so iconic - that it takes great fruit to make transcendent wines, and expression of terroir is paramount - and brought those ideas to his family's vineyards in Champagne.

His cuveés are now hunted like the rarest of birds across the planet. The Version Originale is a powerful, idiosyncratic blend of three vintages of Chardonnay from three villages: Avize, Oger and Cramant.

The vintages that combine together are always mature so as to best articulate the power and complexity of these hillside vineyards. It's a delicious, mercurial, fascinating Champagne unlike anything else in the region.

Disgorged November 2019. Version Originale (VO) is, as always, a blend of three successive vintages from Avize, Cramant and Oger, but there is more Avize fruit, and the vineyards are mostly on the higher slopes (greater than 15% gradient).

The soils, therefore, have less clay, and the vines tap more directly into the chalk. The cuvée spends six or seven years on lees and has a tiny dosage of between zero and 1.3 grams. It is perhaps the brightest and most transparent of the wines we offer here, but there is still plenty of texture and generosity.

94 Points - "Disgorged in November 2019, the latest release of Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru V. O. (Version Originale) is still quite tight-knit, unwinding in the glass with a complex bouquet of green orchard fruit, dried apple, honeycomb, walnuts and subtle hints of yellow chartreuse. Full-bodied, deep and fleshy, it's tensile and precise, with real cut and mineral grip, complemented by an elegant pinpoint mousse and concluding with a long and sapid finish. I'm looking forward to revisiting it with a year or two on cork. As readers will remember, this cuvée is a blend of three vintages (2013, 2012 and 2011 in this case) from the higher-altitude, chalkier parts of Avize, Cramant and Oger, where yields are naturally around a third lower than in the parcels that produce Initial." - William Kelley (The Wine Advocate)

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