JM Seleque ''Solessence'' Rose NV - Champagne, FR
Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir
This wine has an unusually fine mousse and terrific elegance, fruit and stony salinity. This is Sélèque’s flagship wine, representing nearly half of the total house production at 2,500 cases; it also roughly mirrors the house plantations, originating in all seven communes where Jean-Marc grows vines. A blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir, sourced from the domaine’s younger vines, which average 40 years of age (that, it must be said, would constitute the old vine selection for most Champagne properties).
Jean-Marc Sélèque came back to his family domaine in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay in 2008. The Coteaux is a part of the Vallée de la Marne that runs south of Epernay, mirroring the landscape of the Côte des Blancs, situated just to the east. From the vineyards in 1er Cru Pierry, you can see the hillside of Cramant just across the valley. As the terroir and exposition here is similar to the Côtes des Blancs, you find mostly Chardonnay planted in this area of the Vallée de la Marne. Jean-Marc has vines in seven villages – Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Dizy, Mardeuil, Boursault, and Vertus (in the Côte des Blancs).