A haiku poem for a fine and noble cuvée — Simon-Selosse “Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Avize”. This happened during the typhoon Hagibis, when we found ourselves blocked in a hotel in Tokyo. We were incredibly impressed with the diversity of champagne in the Nippon capital! Champagne Simon-Selosse is a small house located in the gran cru village of Avize (Côte des Blancs) and their entire production is based on Chardonnay. The vines are more than 50 years-old and grown on clay and limestone soils. The vines are worked organically and all grapes are hand-harvested with manual sorting. This wine is kept initially for 2.5 years, with additional 3 years in bottle after receiving the liqueur de tirage .
Very floral on the nose, with fresh notes of lilies and green apples. Slightly oxidised, balanced acidity and round body. On the palate, the poem continues with hints of honey, baked apple, brioche, marzipan and vanilla. Very mineral with a yeasty aftertaste, it was surprisingly complex, yet refreshing .
|Type of champagne||Brut|
|Aged||sur lies 3 years|
|Number of bottles||N/A|
|Price range (euro)||50-60|
|Chef de Caves||Philippe Simon|
|Other considerents||75% is from the 2011 vintage, with the remainder from the 2009 vintage|