First encounter: Jacques Selosse, Version Originale

DSC_0605So, yesterday was some sort of hazing: for the first time in my life, I was going to drink Jacques Selosse. The incredibly famous producer from the Champagne has set the bar for Champagne with his wines. We drunk the Version Originale (VO). Degorgement 14/12/11. This is a Blanc des Blancs (100% Chardonnay), non-vintage. 3600 bottles a year. Selosse ferments and matures his base wine on oak barrels. In his own words: he creates Burgundy with bubbles.

Colourwise: deep green/golden hue. On the nose aroma’s of tropical fruit, subtle but obvious use of oak. Warm spices (cinnamon, clove, star anise), peach, but very evident citrus fruit “to keep things fresh”. Hint of smoke. A very intriguing nose.

On the palate, the expectations the nose created are fully met. Amazingly small and vivid bubbles. The warmth of the oak comes through – however perfectly embedded -, together with ripe stone fruit, tropical fruit, some spices (cinnamon!). Minerality, flint, wet rock. Enourmous length and depth. This goes on forever. This really does taste like a very big white Burg that got some bubbles. What I found the most interesting and amazing part of this wine is the amount of layers the palate got to offer. Your first sip gives you richness, creamyness. But if you keep your taste buds open for the next part, there are those spices, these tropical fruits and this palate-cleaning minerality.

Needless to say: this is an exceptional wine. Unfortunately, Selosse gained in popularity over the last few years (good for him, though), so his wines begin at 85+ euro’s. Fortunately, it is worth every last penny. Amazing.

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