Champagne JM Sélèque is one of those producers that just does things right. A domaine of only 7.5ha, his production is a miniscule 65, 000 bottles. To put that into context, Moët bottles 36 million bottles yearly! Young dynamo Jean-Marc Sélèque prefers to treat his vineyards using organic and biodynamic principles, a herculean feat given Champagne’s notoriously difficult climate. A true “grower”, he has holdings in Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault and Vertus. Fermentations occur in a combination of steel vats, oak barrels, casks and even a ceramic egg. A minimum of 18 months’ lees ageing imparts that right touch of brioche character.
The JM Sélèque “Solessence Nature” Brut Nature is made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir. Given no additional dosage, this champagne shows lithe notes of airy green apples, shortbread, and méringue.