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Origin: A rocky site at Le Mesnil-sur-Oger that Anselme Selosse acquired in 2002
Exposure: South and southeast facing steep site with fractured chalk bedrock.
Selosse's NV Extra-Brut Les Carelles, from a parcel in Mesnil, brings together some of the exuberance of the Chemin de Chalons and the tension of the Chantereines. The Carelles is a wine of contrasts. At times rich and intense, while at others remarkably light on its feet, the Carelles is constantly changing in the glass. Even with all of the nuances what stands out most is the wine's sublime, pure texture. Hints of graphite and mineral-inflected notes linger on the finish. The Carelles is a nectar for the Gods and Godesses. I can't think of too many other Champagnes I deeply crave this much right now. Readers who can find the current release should not hesitate. This is magnificent juice. The Carelles is composed of vintages 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003. This bottle was disgorged on April 10, 2013. Dosage is 2 grams/liter. – Antonio Galloni 98p