Bold champagne theft at Jacques Selosse‘s

Wednesday, 03. April 2013 | 07:15 Uhr | RED.YOOPRESS | WINECRIME
Reference: DECANTER | Translator: E.RENZIEHAUSEN
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Besides the champagne, the thieves also stole 16,000 labels and 12,000 capsules (Photo: Jacques Selosse)

FRANCE (Avize) – Last week, more than 3,500 bottles of champagne, valued at about 300,000 euro, were stolen from Jacques Selosse, a renowned vintner. The estate, situated in Avize (a small town in the department of Marne, region of Champagne, France) has lost just over one fifth of this year’s production.

Among the champagne stolen, which was stored on pallets and waiting to be shipped to the USA and to Japan, there was a series of “Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Brit Initial”, a cuvee made out of three vintages of Chardonnay grapes. Furthermore, the estate is complaining the loss of a series of “Jacques Selosse Exquise Demi-Sec” with a sales value of 57 euro per bottle, as well as a number of bottles of “Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Substance”, the top champagne of the house, with a sales value of 112 euro per bottle.

“This amount could only be transported by a truck – this was a well-organized robbery”, Florence Thunevin, secretary of the domain, reported to the regional press. “Besides the champagne, the thieves also stole 16,000 labels and 12,000 capsules. We assume they are to be used for counterfeits.”

The Jacques Selosse domain is cultivating about 7.5 hectares of Chardonnay around the Avize, Cramant, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger municipalities. These are completed by vineyards in the “Montagne de Reims”, around Ay, Ambonnay, and Mareuil-sur-Ay, where the estate has cultivated exclusively Pinot Noir. The average production is 57,000 bottles of champagne. The domain does not purchase additional grapes but for what are called “Jacques Selosse Crower Champagne”, it is vinifying exclusively grapes from its own vineyards.

“The difference between handcraft and industrial wine is not in the size of the estate”, that is the creed of Anselm Selosse, who in 1980 inherited the family’s wine estate from Jacques Selosse, his father. “The different is in the approach – a handcraft approach is always aiming at expressing the identity and individuality of the wine, whereas industrial wine is as few as a mass product, though both are of the same kind. Taste hand-craft champagne, then you’ll understand what I mean.”

The Selosse family is not dwelling where the champagnes of the domain are stored. At the time of the crime, there was nobody else on the spot, either. “We are thinking about how to avoid such thefts, and so do our colleagues from in the Champagne region”, Florence Thunevin is being quoted in the press. This idea is obviously somewhat late. (red.yoopress)

More about winery Jacques Selosse read here: www.selosse-lesavises.com

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