Erica Landin

Location: Stockholm, AB

While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

Top 5 wines tasted in Champagne Nov 2011

In December 2011, I spent nearly a month in the Champagne region of France doing historic research for a possible TV documentary. Of course, I took the opportunity to visit a few excellent producers of my favorite beverage. One visit (with hero Anselme Selosse of Champagne Jaques Selosse) turned into a feature article for Sweden's top wine magazine, Allt om Vin. This is a region which could never bore me, though admittedly, it is more fun to try a few wines at a visit than it is to do 150 champagnes in a row back home (the acid positively kills your mouth). These are a few favorite wines on the trip, in the higher price categories (though they should still be available for purchase, so no really old vintages).

It is a wonderful region to visit, bring space for shopping of bottles, and please do ask if you want travel advice!

Read about one of the winery visits here:

1. Jacques Selosse Substance (NV)

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There is champagne, and then there is Selosse. Anselme, the shy philosopher-winemaker who has made the brand a cult wine, doesn't like rules. He tries things his own way. Substance is made in a solera (like sherry) and gets a lot of depth. It's food champagne and, should you get a hold of a bottle, it might even need to be decanted. A classic beauty will take a bit of time and coaxing to shed her layers.
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