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Bottle Size: 750 ml
For nearly 300 years, the Vesselle family has been tilling the chalky soils of Bouzy and cultivating some of the village’s best-placed Pinot Noir vines.
The family’s collection of top terroirs and generations of leadership in championing Pinot Noir is what makes wines from Domaine Jean Vesselle such eloquent examples of Blanc de Noirs Champagnes. Wines here combine a classic Champagne elegance with the signature Bouzy power, especially in wines such as ‘Oeil de Perdrix.’
The family owns one of Champagne’s smallest walled vineyards, the ‘Petit Clos.’ Located just outside the Vesselle home in Bouzy, ‘Petit Clos’ is the pinnacle of the powerful yet elegant Bouzy style, pure grand cru Pinot Noir fermented in barrels made from oak trees from the Champagne region, and aged for a decade in bottle.
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.
‘Petit Clos’ is the heart of the family domaine, a quarter-acre walled Pinot Noir vineyard and one of the smallest ‘clos’ vineyards in Champagne. Fermented in barrel; aged for more than 10 years in bottle. The domaine’s finest cuvée and the pinnacle of pure Blanc de Noirs Champagne. This champagne gets its name due to the fact that Domaine Jean Vesselle has the smallest “Clos” (a vineyard that is enclosed by 3 or more walls) in the Champagne region. When Delphine officially took over Champagne Jean Vesselle from her father in 1995, she wanted to add her own signature style by creating the quintessence of Champagne Jean Vesselle... and so she made a “cuvée” that comes solely from the “Petit Clos” which is an area situated at the heart of the domaine in Bouzy, measuring just over 64 square meters and made up of 100% Pinot Noir grapes.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: A quarter-acre walled vineyard and one of the smallest grandcru rated ‘clos’ in Champagne, ‘Petit Clos’ is located at the heart of the family
estate in Bouzy. Soils combine chalk and clay.
AGE OF VINES: 15-30 years
Winemaking: Hand-harvested. Fermented on selected yeasts in French oak barrels. Malolactic conversion stopped. Aged for 10 years in bottle. Dosage less than 4 grams/L.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of wildflowers, light citrus fruits, blood orange, small red berries. Juicy, penetrating, lightly smoky; more floral notes
and a spicy finish.
Food Pairing: Smoked salmon and other fish; Asian-inspired dishes