Jacques Selosse Substance is a Blanc de Blancs from a single vineyard in Avize. This Champagne is made in a unique solera system started in the 1987 vintage. Small additions of more current vintages are added to topped up what is bottled. The result is breathtaking.
The King of the Grower Champagne movement. Anselme Selosse is a man of terroir. His 35 Chardonnay plots (in Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil, Ay, Mareuil-sur- Ay and Ambonnay) are vinified separately in small Burgundian barrels. His methods are simple, do what allows the terroir to speak through. Biodynamic farming, ripe fruit, no malolactic fermentation, low dosage, long aging. The wines are not your average Champagne and for that reason, every wine lover should seek out an experience with his wines.
A wine region of France approximately 160km East of Paris. It is also the name of the wines produced from the area. Most famously it is a sparkling wine that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged on lees. Although there is the occasional still wine you can find around particularly Pinot Noir. The fantastically named Bouzy Rouge is one such example. There are very few single vintage, single vineyard, single variety Champagnes (I can only name one and it was produced only 47 times between 1900 and 1999). Why? Due to the large area the region covers, and the challenging weather the houses blended wines to produce a consistent and reliable product every year. This is where the growers come in. They relish the chance to show off vintage variation and small plot wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.