Jean Josselin Grower Champagne imported by Three French Vines
We’re lucky to have access to so many fantastic sparkling wines and champagnes in New Zealand, but we don’t see too many examples of “Récoltant-Manipulant” or grower champagnes, here. Since they don't have a big marketing budget like the big Champagne brands, you really have to seek them out. Jean Josselin is a wonderful Récoltant-Manipulant based in the southern part of the Champagne region, producing a small quantity of Champagnes in different styles from grapes grown in their family-owned vineyards.
The Josselin family have been winegrowers since 1854 when they acquired their first vineyard at Gyé-sur-Seine. Jean Josselin built up his vineyards amongst the best slopes on a few plots of land inherited from his ancestors, with evocative place names such as Beauregard, Davasgné and Cosvigne. In 1957, Jean Josselin created his own Champagne brand, the one we know today.
The village of Gyé-sur-Seine is in the southern part of the Champagne region, in the heart of the Seine Valley, south of Côte des Bar, located 150km from Épernay and 200km from Reims. It’s much closer to Chablis than the rest of the Champagne region and shares similar calcareous soil, Kimmeridgian, with the Chablis region.
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 divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The vines average 30 years old. The Josselin family produces two tiers of small volume Champagne, ‘The Traditionals’ and ‘The Exceptional’. You can read more about Jean Josselin Champagne at www.champagnejeanjosselin.fr.
Jean Josselin Champagne is distributed in New Zealand by Three French Vines: www.threefrenchvines.com. Below you can find my review of the Jean Josselin Audace Rosé Extra Brut NV.
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Jean Josselin Audace Rosé Extra Brut NV, ChampagneSparkling Wine from France - ChampagneReview Date : 07-May-2021Bright, light ruby-red, even colour throughout. Excellent, persistent fine bead. The bouquet is soft and fresh with nuances of red berries, strawberries and pomegranate, a hint of red florals to follow and subtle creamy autolysis detail. Medium-full bodied, dry to taste, juicy red fruit of red berries, strawberries and pomegranate are fresh and vibrant, complexed by red florals, followed by a subtle aroma of an almond croissant. Energetic acidity guided red fruit through finely woven phenolic texture, providing a lightly chalky mouthfeel. This is a dry, red-fruited rosé Champagne with a salivating acid line and a chalky mouthfeel. Match with beef carpaccio and crispy pork terrine over the next 3-4 years. Fruit sourced from aGye-sur-Seine in the Cote des Bar, 100% Pinot Noir from a single parcel Beauregard, colour by skin maceration, aged on lees for 30 months, 3 g/l dosage. 18-/ 20 pts (89 pts) May 2021 RRP $58.90