Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne (Previously $40)

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La Petite Montagne, the small mountain of Reims, makes for harder bike riding than the “big” one. It is relentlessly hilly, devoid of even the smallest of flat areas. This little area to the west of the road between Reims and Epernay not only has steep slopes; it also has quite chalky soils, and is home to some of the best Premier Cru vineyards in Champagne. It is here, in Villers-Aux-Noeuds, that Olivier Langlais farms his fifteen acres of organic vineyards. Olivier has incredible dedication to biodynamics, and even disgorges his wine according to the moon cycle. His Solemme “Terre Solemme” Premier Cru Brut Champagne is a blend of 55% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay that is aged three years on the lees. The name Solemme is a combination of sol for soliel or sun, and emme for femme or woman. His goal is to make feminine, delicate Champagnes that are bright like the sun. I think he has succeeded with this gentle, light Champagne that has subtle toast and restrained apple fruit. This is a great apéritif Champagne, and is at home by itself as it is with a plate of cheeses. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
A champagne for eschewers of the main-stream, the "Terre Solemme" is a captivating, mineral-driven wine. Though light and fresh, there is a light whisper of smoke and savoriness on the nose continues all the way through the finish, connecting the drinker to the soft chalky soils of the Montagne de Reims. Commitments made to organic and biodynamic farming almost always lead to a purer expression of where a wine comes from, and this is a great example of that practice in action.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
This is a meunier dominant blend from one of the most environmentally conscious producers in Champagne, and the precision and complexity are stunning. It has an endlessly expressive fruit profile of lime, green apple, pears, and white flowers with very subtle, integrated autolytics.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Attention all biodynamic wine lovers! Domaine Solemme takes Biodynamics seriously right down to making sure that bottling isn’t happening on a ‘root day’ or vice-versa. The name derives from the first three letters of the French word for sun ‘Soleil’ and the last four letters for woman ‘femme’. The ‘Terre Solemme is made up of 55% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay yielding a champagne of zesty, soft fruit texture sure to refresh anyone’s palate.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
Comprised of 55% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay, the Solemme "Terre Solemme" is one of my favorite new additions to the K&L shelf. It's wonderful to see the move toward biodynamics hit Champagne and I really do believe it makes a difference in the quality of the wine, when the fruit is treated with care and natural products. At 6 g/L dosage it hits the perfect balance between fresh crispness and rounded softness. The premier cru vineyard origins of the fruit don't hurt either.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
Pretty and elegant aromas of white flowers and ripe yellow pears. The wine is gentle in acidity but doesn't hold stiff on the palate. The 5 years on the lees adds depth of texture and the sense the wine has some time on oak. While it is completely oak free, it is far from austere, just pure elegance form start to finish.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Crafted from biodynamically farmed fruit cultivated in Montagne de Reims, Terre Solemme is fifty five percent Pinot Meunier, rounded out by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The palate is light and driven by acidity, but earthy aromas of white mushroom and white pepper keep things intriguing.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5