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Selosse Substance, Champagne Jacques Selosse Non Vintage

Tasting Notes

Selosse's NV Substance represents the purest essence of Chardonnay from Avize. The word 'Burgundian' is used, perhaps even overused when describing Champagne, but if there is a case where the term fits, this is it. Taught and vibrant, Substance impresses for its depth and volume. Smoke, apricot, roasted nuts, flowers and spices flow through to the deep, resonant finish. Substance is often a bit more forward because it is made with a perpetual solera method. This release is a bit brighter than the norm, which isn't a bad thing, as Substance is sometimes a bit of an adventurous wine. This year's release captures a striking balance in every way as it captivates all of the senses. This is an utterly mesmerizing bottle. This bottle was disgorged on January 16, 2013.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 2013

Bordering on amber, this Champagne is slightly oxidized in aroma and flavor, yet fresh, with roasted nut, leather and woodsy notes. Full-bodied and firm, with a long, citrusy and woodsy aftertaste. Not a typical Champagne, yet complex and intriguing. Drink now through 2020.

Bruce Sanderson, WineSpectator.com, January 2009

As if it were possible, the NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Substance takes things up a notch or three. Montrachet with bubbles might be a good description for this profound, utterly moving Champagne. Waves of rich, sensual fruit supported by French oak and persistent veins of minerality all come together in this deep, totally satisfying Champagne. Even with all of the richness and depth, there is no sense of heaviness at all. This is a decidedly vibrant Substance, with fewer of the more oxidative notes this solera-style Champagne sometimes presents. Readers lucky enough to find it will enjoy one of the world's truly great wines. Disgorged October 22, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (1111), November 2011

Selosse's NV Substance (disgorged November 20, 2007), a solera-style Champagne composed of vintages dating back to 1987, was even better. This profound, enveloping Champagne flowed onto the palate with intricate waves of fruit. It was a meditative, contemplative wine of the very highest level.

Antonio Galloni, Hedonists Gazette, March 2010

The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Substance is 100% Chardonnay from Avize made Solera-style, with vintages dating back to 1987. The December 4, 2008 disgorgement is a rich, liqueur-like wine endowed with layers of roasted nuts, honey, licorice, dried apricots, tobacco and spices. As is often the case, the Substance presents a fascinating combination of the old and the new. The aromas and flavors are that of a wine with age, but the mousse is impeccably fresh. This is a fascinating, contemplative Champagne, and while it can be a difficult wine to grasp, Substance is also incredibly rewarding. Disgorged: December 4, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014.

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (186), December 2009
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