96 points James Suckling
"This is one of the stars of the excellent Sélèque range and is packed with lime and lemon blossom as well as freshly squeezed citrus juice; the purity is staggering. On the palate it sails out super long, fine and deep with laser-like precision. It shows thrilling acid drive and is powerful and long. A great wine."
94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Based on the 2017 vintage and disgorged in November 2020 with minimal dosage, Sélèque's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Quintette bursts with scents of citrus oil, fresh bread, nougat, dried white flowers and crisp orchard fruit. Medium to full-bodied, chiseled and incisive, it's tightly wound, with racy acids and chalky structuring dry extract, concluding with a long, saline finish. This will amply reward a few years' patience."
Vinous Reverie Notes
"One of Champagne’s most exciting and dynamic young producers, Jean-Marc Sélèque is based in Pierry in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay…. As his viticultural progress bears dividends, these wines go from strength to strength and I find myself more and more impressed with every passing release. Pierry enjoyed considerable historical celebrity, and thanks to Sélèque, it seems more than likely to regain it." ~ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Jean-Marc’s blended Blanc de Blancs, from five mature plantations in the Marne Valley, the Côte des Blancs, and the Côteaux Sud. Fruit from Pierry gives body and structure; Dizy gives richness and aromatic complexity; Mardeuil gives bright flavors; Epernay gives tension; and Vertus gives purity and finesse. Approximately 30% of the wine is raised in steel with natural malolactic fermentation, and half is raised in older barrels without ML. The cold stabilization is completed naturally, and there is neither fining nor filtration. In July, after a long, gentle aging following the harvest, the wine is blended with 20% Chardonnay from a solera (unlike the perpetual cuvee, the solera is replenished strictly with the new harvest) and goes into bottle to rest on its lees until it is disgorged. The lot number on the back is the base vintage.