Profile of Jacques-Selosse

A remarkable small producer, Anselme Selosse (a tremendously dynamic and charismatic figure in the wine world) releases small quantities of very impressive Champagne every year. The approach in the vineyard is biodynamic and yields are severely restricted to provide the purest, greatest intensity of fruit possible. Indeed, the focus here is squarely on attention to minute detail, resulting in massive and powerful wines that are atypical for the region, but all the better for it!

Jacques Selosse, father of Anselme, founded this small property in 1950 and quickly built a strong reputation for excellence, producing wines that were of the typical Champagne mould. His work has been continued by Anselme since 1980, when he took control of the house and vowed to take it to new heights while honouring the hard work and dedication of his father. Anselme trained in Burgundy under the stewardship of the great estates of Coche-Dury and Leflaive, which instilled in him a sense of the vital importance of terroir and viticulture. Since the 1980s he has instigated a series of radical changes at Jacques, including dramatically reducing yields and committing to chemical-free farming. He uses oak in all stages of fermentation and ageing of his wines, something that the Champagne community took a while getting used to. Certainly, he is man unafraid to challenge the established order. He is also known for decanting his champagnes, an uncommon practice.

We cannot imagine a finer introduction to the smaller, grower led segment of the region. If you are looking for something different then look no further, as these are some of the most exciting and original wines in the appellation!

Wines produced

  • Initial

    100% Chardonnay. A blend of wines from three vintages, aged for two years in bottle before release.

  • Version Originale

    100% Chardonnay. A blend of wines from three vintages, aged for 42 months in bottle before release.

  • Millésime

    100% Chardonnay. Only produced in excellent years, single vintage Champagne. Produced from top vineyards in the village of Avize.

  • Substance

    100% Chardonnay. A blend of wines of many vintages, aged in the Sherry style Solera system. Prolonged ageing before release.

  • Contraste

    100% Pinot Noir. A blend of wines of many vintages, aged in the Sherry style Solera system.

  • Exquise

    100% Chardonnay. Semi sweet Champagne produced from grapes from a single vineyard.

  • Rose

    50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay. A pink style Champagne made from blending white and red wines.

Winery details

Jacques-Selosse

22 Rue Ernest-Valle
51190 Avize
France
Tel +33 (0) 326 57 53 56
Fax +33 (0) 326 57 78 22

Appellation
Champagne
Founded
1950
Area under vine
15 hectares
Age of vines
31 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Anselme Selosse
Owner
Corinne and Anselme Selosse
Production
55,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

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