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Jean Josselin ‘Cuvee des Jean’ NV and Blanc de Blancs 2013 Champagne

10 April,2018

The Josselin family have been winegrowers since 1854 when they acquired their first vineyard at Gye sur Seine. In 1957, Jean Josselin created his own Champagne brand. The family cultivates 14 parcels of vines over 11.7 ha, with Pinot Noir being the feature, comprising 80% of the plantings, the rest equally to Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The vines average 30 y.o. Two tiers of small volume Champagne are made, ‘The Traditionals’ and ‘The Exceptional’. www.champagnejeanjosselin.fr Here, I review one wine from each of these tiers. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Three French Vines. www.threefrenchvines.com


Jean Josselin ‘Cuvee des Jean’ Champagne NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with a little depth, paler on the edge. the bubbles persistent and moderately fine. The nose is soft and gently full with aromas of fresh white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle notes of yellow florals and an amalgam of delicate bready-yeast autolysis and minerals. The aromatics build to form a taut heart. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing with juicy and lush white and yellow stonefruit flavours and a very light underlay of bread and yeast. The fruit is the feature, and forms a well-packed core with apple and yeast detail, enhanced by lacy acidity. The flavours carry along a fine phenolic line leading to an elegant finish. This is a fresh and elegant, fruit-focussed Champagne with stonefruit flavours and subtle autolysis. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2+ years. 100% Pinot Noir from the 2014 and 2013 vintages, fermented to 12.0% alc., undergoing MLF, with 7.08 g/L dosage. Disgorged Jan 2018. Lot L 0118. 17.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $45.00

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, a little lighter on the rim, the bead very fine and very persistent. The nose is firmly packed, well concentrated and tightly bound with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with a fresh, steely, minerally edge. Very fine yeasty autolysis and nutty detail underlines the fruit, and the aromatics show clarity and precision. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a tight core with subtly sweet stonefruit and yellow floral flavours. The mousse is refreshing and lively and along with crisp acidity lends a lively mouthfeel. The yeast autolysis follows the fine-textured line and the wine carries to a slightly grippy finish with steel and minerals, and floral and citrus fruit nuances. This dryish Champagne is fresh, bright and aromatic with good grip and acidity, and a steely finish. Match with aperitif and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3 years. 100% Pinot Noir, 70% from the 2012 harvest and 30% from 2011, fermented to 12% alc., with 9.5 g/L dosage. Disgorged August 2015. Lot L 0815 18.0/20 Jun 2016 RRP $48.00

Jean Josselin Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2013

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne


Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim, the bead very persistent and fine. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with white and yellow florals forming a tight core. Subtle biscuit and bready-yeast notes unfold along with honied elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich and gently mouthfilling flavours of yellow stonefruits harmoniously interwoven with bread and yeast, and also biscuit complexities and a touch of honey. The palate is fresh and mouthfilling with fine, balanced acidity and a delicately textured, underlying line. The flavours carry to a lingering finish of florals, stonefruits, yeast and honey. This is a gently harmonious, mouthfilling Blanc de Blancs Champagne with yellow stonefruit and floral flavours, entwined with subtle autolysis and hints of honey. Serve as an aperitif, and with Asian fare over the next 2-3 years. 100% Chardonnay, fermented to 12.6% alc., undergoing MLF, with 6.5 g/L dosage, the wine aged a minimum of 3 years on lees. Disgorged Jan 2018. Lot L 0118. 18.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $58.50

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