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The Spring 2017 Distinguished Cellar Auction

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Auction Ends: 3/23/2017 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #358. Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1999

Description: Consists of 1 Magnum, 1.5L
Score: 96 WA.
"The 1999 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay from Avize with zero dosage made from two parcels, one with southern exposure, the second facing east. This is another voluminous, expansive wine that flows from the glass with a multitude of menthol, licorice and sweet spice aromas and flavors the lend complexity to the deep expression of fruit. There is extraordinary purity and finesse to this perfumed, extraterrestrial Champagne . . . . Readers will need to drop all preconceived notions about what Champagne is and can be in order to fully experience the wines of Anselme and Corinne Selosse, as these are Champagnes like no other. No one has pushed the boundaries of what Champagne can be further than Selosse. As great as his own wines are, Selosse’s most lasting legacy may very well be influencing the younger generation of producers who have worked alongside him over the years. For the last six years Selosse has been absent from the US market and his wines virtually impossible to obtain, but thankfully that is starting to change. Selosse represents the most poetic voice behind the idea that Champagne is first and foremost a wine before it is anything else. Selosse takes this one step further by eschewing vintage designations for most of his wines, as the qualities he seeks to exalt most are those of his 7.5 vineyards in Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil, Ay, Mareuil-sur- Ay and Ambonnay. The various cuvees are assembled barrel by barrel based on how the wines taste to Selosse, rather than through technical analysis and/or predetermined selection of sites, parcels, etc . . . . The Selosse Champagnes possess extraordinary aromatics and a very fine mousse that is the result of density and richness in the fruit. With a few minutes in the glass, the bubbles will completely disappear from most of the wines. These Champagnes are best enjoyed with food, and should be served in generous white wine glasses rather than the customary flutes, which will allow for the full range of the wines’ aromas and flavors to emerge. Simply put, these are among the most monumental, profound wines being made anywhere, but like a great novel, painting or symphony, the greatest enjoyment and purest pleasure awaits those who engage the wines fully." Wine Advocate #180, Dec 2008
Notes: Very lightly wrinkled label, "Dégorgée le: 04 Avril 2011".
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,100

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