Champagne J-M Sélèque, Champagne 1er Cru Extra Brut Solistes Meunier 2014


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HISTORY: The story of the House of Sélèque began in 1965, when Henri Sélèque planted his first plots of vines with the help of his father-in-law, Jean Bagnost (then president of the Pierry wine cooperative). Quickly seduced by the vines, Richard, son of Henri and Françoise, studied oenology and started making Champagne when he joined the estate in 1974.

He brought in modern equipment for vine cultivation and wine-making: a straddle tractor, a new press, vats etc. The estate grew quickly, and production reached 50,000 bottles in the 1990s.

1995 will remain in their memories as the year they lost Henri… The "Comédie" blend was created the same year in his honor, with his portrait on the wire cap. He was followed by Françoise in 2011. The third generation arrived in 2008 – Jean-Marc joined the estate after studying wine and traveling abroad. He has brought new life and a very personal approach to making Champagne.

VINEYARDS: The vineyards currently represent 7.5 hectares of vines across seven villages in the Marne valley and the Côte des Blancs slopes: Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Vertus and Boursault. The grape varieties are dominated by Chardonnay, at 60%, followed by Pinot Meunier with 30% and Pinot Noir with 10%.

In order to express fully the identity of the vineyards, their work with the vines is essential. They cultivate the vines as their eyes and convictions guide them, and every year forces a new way to think differently and to adapt. They believe that all thir actions must help the vine to defend itself and minimize its sensitivity to variations in the weather. This is why the soils are turned; to encourage root development and microbial life in the soil. Preventive measures are taken to combat disease and favor balance and biodiversity. The manual work of cultivating the vines is carried out by a team of five people throughout the year.

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