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  • Country ranking ?

    855
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Origin: From two vineyards in Avize – south-facing 'Les Maladries du Midi' and east-facing 'Les Chantereines'. 

Ageing: 9-10 years on lees

Dosage: 0-2.4 g/l 

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Vintage 1999

A difficult start to the year led to early budbreak. There were some damaging hailstorms in early May, but the frost ultimately stayed away. The summer was overall warm and thanks to the hot and dry August, the grapes looked promising for the harvest. However, a damp September challenged producers and dilution was an issue for some. The 1999 harvest that started on September 15th produced a large yield (12,989 kg/ha) of sweet grapes that resulted in soft wines, low in acidity, which produced Champagnes that, in many cases, miss linearity and structure. Voluptuous and enjoyable with ripe, fruity, even exotic characters but in most cases for the medium-term only, even if the best seem to be maturing better than initially expected. The red wines of the year were exceptional and resulted in some outstanding prestige cuvée rosés, such as Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé and Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé.

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The high alcohol here has ended up being integrated gracefully with age, nice toasty pear, then peaches, hints of lavender on the nose. It opens with a complex mélange of flavors, spice laced orange notes, some nuttiness, apple, cinnamon, rich, smoky and chalky at and past the mid palate, some flowers and cloves swirl together as this layered, suave beauty, rich and yet admirably balanced, concludes with an emphatic mineral-tinged exclamation. The multi-vintage Selosse solera bottlings are often enticingly intriguing, but their vintage expressions, as here, can be deeply impressive. 94 Points+

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Tasted from Selosse's cellar. Aromas of caramel, smoke, spices, oak, peaches, saffron and popcorn. Bit heavier and toasty than 2002
  • 96p
Druvsammansättning (Cépage): Avize-Chardonnay från ett år. Lagring på sin jästfällning: ~9 år före dégorgering. Dosage: 0-4g/l. Degorgerad i februari 2009. Produktion: 0-500 lådor. Pris: ca 240 US$ dollars. Richard Juhlin Poäng: 93(95). Tastinnote; Detta är en helt otrolig champagne! Redan då nästippen analkades glaset sköljdes jag över av en våg av munterhet. Detta är för bra för att vara sant… Detta är förmodligen en av de största nylanserade champagner jag någonsin smakat, men ändå balanserad och frisk tack vare en kraftfull mineralitet. Detta vin börjar redan visa tryffel och svamptoner tillsammans med sharonfrukt och grapefrukt. 99:an är mångfacetterad med många lager den går igenom en skön rund fas i munnen, med rostat bröd och hasselnötstoner och när du tror att den klingar av och är borta. Då, ungefär en fjärdedel av en sekund senare, träffas paletten av apelsinzest plötsligt din gom, och sedan kommer avslutningen svepande in, och varar för evigt. Detta fick mig faktiskt att brista ut i skratt. Till Anselmes grymtande uppskattning.
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Avize, Champagne

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