WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir 65%, Chardonnay 35%
  • APPELLATION
    Montagne de Reims: Bouzy Grand Cru
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

Domaine Jean Vesselle crafts “grower” Champagne, a récoltant-manipulant house that grows its own grapes and makes its own wine all on site. This qualitative difference is crucial for those seeking the ultimate in Champagne flavor and character.

The family’s vineyards are planted to 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, a fidelity to Pinot Noir that’s much greater than other houses in the region. Vines are cared for according to lutte raisonée principles, concentrating mostly on organic practices and avoiding chemical treatments. Vineyard rows are plowed to avoid the use of herbicides. The estate too uses solar energy and recycles rainwater to reduce its energy footprint.

Soils in general are the classic chalk of the Montagne de Reims. Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand and pressed gently, then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines undergo second fermentation in bottle (méthode Champenoise) and are cellared for two years to 10, depending on the cuvée. Wines are disgorged just before they are shipped. Estate-owned, 100% grand cru-rated vineyards are located exclusively in Bouzy. Soils are the classic, chalky terroir of the Montagne de Reims.

Maybe it was the large format, maybe the old vintage, maybe the fried chicken we had alongside it—whatever it was, today’s 2000 “Prestige” was the most incredible bottle of Champagne I’ve ever tasted from Jean Vesselle.
--Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier and Owner of Somm Select