The Pour reported yesterday that Jacques Selosse is back. I've been hearing about this Champagne for some time- it is favored not only by discerning French palates like those of my friend Eric Dubourg of Wineberry (who, himself, imports one of the most delicious Champagnes I have tasted, Gardet ) to our very own guest blogger and favorite wine director Carolyn DeFir, who just mused on the scarcity - and allure- of Selosse last week).
Unavailable in the United States for several years due to the fact that it had no American importer (though there have certainly been many who have tried to bring it back), the proprietor, Anselme Selosse has finally signed with The Rare Wine Company which is now the Champagne's American importer. Apparently a shipment of this bubbly has already landed on our shores. The bad news is that there's great demand and very little supply. The booty has been allocated to top restaurants and wine stores (at top dollar) and there's no word as to when more will arrive. Here's hoping I'll finally get an opportunity to try it (I'm adding it to my Snooth wishlist )
An interesting note- the Rare Wine Company site notes that critics have called Selosse Champagnes "Burgundy with bubbles," and the wines shouldn't be served too cold. Just in case you've gotten your hands on a bottle...
This One Won't be on the Sale Racks Anytime Soon
- Reply by Felis21, Sep 30, 2009.
Am heading to France on sunday. Any particular bottle I should look for if I want to experience "typical" Selosse? And what should I be willing to pay to do so? I'll stock up, so if you pass by Stockholm (Sweden) feel free to stop by for a glass!
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 30, 2009.
The Rare Wine Company's article on Solesse is worth checking out. As far as it being Burgundy with bubbles, Spot on. I even decant Selosse for several hours so sometime there are not so many bubbles left.
The Cuvee Substance, while somewhat irregular, is the ne plus ultra of Selosse and a wine I have followed over the years. It's a must try wine!
- Reply by Felis21, Mar 9, 2011.
Hi Greg - I know it's been a long time since this post, but I just wanted to say thanks for the link. I now have a bunch of bottles resting on my shelves, and am looking forward to returning to France for a visit to Selosse in fall. Unfortunately, they were out of Substance when I bought the other bottles, but I'll grab it next time.