Gastronomic magnificence defines the latest release of Solessence Rosé—stamped with intense minerality and imbued with red fruit and savoury notes—making this the ideal champagne rosé to serve at the table, for all occasions and cuisines.
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Solessence Rosé comprises Chardonnay (45%), Meunier (40%) and Pinot noir (15%), and is based on a single vintage blended with 40% reserve wine. The addition of colour and texture comes from two different sources: 10% skin-contact Meunier and 5% Coteaux Champenois Rouge (still red wine) from Pinot noir, with all fruit sourced from seven villages across the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay (Pierry, Moussy, Épernay), the Vallée de la Marne (Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault) and the Côte des Blancs (Vertus).The soils are mostly flinty clay on chalky subsoil, and vinification occurs predominantly in tank with 30% in oak barrels.
The current release is based on the 2020 vintage, and is aged for 2 years. Disgorged in October 2022, the dosage is set at 2 g/L.
The bouquet is just as captivating as the robe—glowing a deep and mesmerising coral—resplendent with aromas of roses in full bloom, bright stone fruit, tangerine, poached pear and raisin bread. Initially refreshing and brisk with dazzling streaks of chalky minerality, a laser-focussed acidity lifts the fruit out and upwards, deepening the mid-palate into flavours of red fruits, juicy watermelon, apricot, quince and lemon. Meunier and Coteaux Champenois Rouge lend a savoury, textural impression on the generous finish, culminating in a gastronomic and finessed experience that is sure to delight all tastebuds.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann G. Basset, Hommage 72 Ultralight machine-made glass.
Incredibly food friendly, enjoy with salmon sashimi; crisp and flaky traditional spanakopita; a hearty bowl of beef bourguignon served with roast potatoes; or a sliver of Comté to close a meal.
Founded in 1965, the House has been under the tutelage of third-generation vigneron Jean-Marc Sélèque since 2008. Based in the Premier Cru village of Pierry in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, Jean-Marc renamed the estate and built a new winery in 2015 with a vision of crafting champagnes with precise terroir expression.
The House farms 9ha of vines over 45 plots across seven villages in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. The average age of vines is 40 years and plantings are composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier and 10% Pinot noir. Jean-Marc applies organic viticulture and minimal intervention practices to gently encourage full and pure expression of the estate’s diverse vineyard soils which is reflected in the name of the core Solessence cuvées, translating to ‘essence of the soil’.
Music is another passion of the House, symbolised with a musical score on the label of the vintage cuvée Partition. Like an orchestra’s conductor, Jean-Marc explains, ‘our champagne blends are the fruit of a musical score, whose notes are imbued with the climate, labour, patience, expertise, origin and history of our vineyards. As humble performers, we present the music to you’—‘After all, isn’t champagne the most musical of wines?’.