This cuvée of J-M Seleque Champagne Brut Solessence represents nearly half of the total house production, coming in at some 30,000 bottles. It also roughly mirrors the house plantations, originating in all seven communes where Jean-Marc grows vines, as well as being a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Meunier, and 5% Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine come from the domaine's younger vines, which average 35 years of age (that, it must be said, would constitute the old vine selection for most Champagne properties!). Half the blend is reserve wine from the previous year's Tradition, and roughly 20% of that is aged in barrel. The new wine is made predominately in steel and aged on its lees for 20 months.
Jean-Marc's father used to age this wine for 15 months, and Jean-Marc may extend the aging period to 24 months, but not longer because the goal is to retain freshness. The wine has an unusually fine mousse and terrific elegance, fruit and stony salinity. Disgorged July 2014. 7g/L dosage.
"Jean-Marc Sélèque uses only indigenous yeasts and the current release of Brut Tradition is from the base year of 2012. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and racy, with impeccable balance, very refined mousse, a lovely core and excellent length and grip on the still pretty youthful finish...A superb wine."
John Gilman, View From the Cellar, Aug 2015