Solemme "Terre Solemme" 1er Cru Brut Champagne SKU #1358587

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Tasting Notes

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)

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    10/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    10/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    10/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    10/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    10/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    10/9/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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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