The House of Jean Diot was established in 1958 by Jean and Monique Diot in the rural commune of Vinay, southwest of Épernay in Champagne. The estate spans 21 acres of vineyards in Vinay, Moussy and Vallée de la Marne and when their children, Jean Phillipe and Pascaline took over operations in 1998, they began to sustainable farm an additional 12 acres of neighboring vineyards. Although Champagne Jean Diot is in theory a grower-producer, owning the majority of their vineyards and producing 100% of their wines at their estate, they are not legally considered a Récoltant Manipulant since they do not own the neighboring vineyards they source some of their fruit from. The domain, the majority of which is planted with Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vinified in parcels, has plots on well-exposed south facing slopes, terroirs that are steep, stony and rocky, and sometimes difficult to access. These mature vines (about 40 years old) have roots that plunge deep into the chalky soil, resulting in wines of finesse and distinct mineral character.
This Brut Sélection is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier that was aged 24 months in bottle before disgorgement. Notes of yellow apple, pear, soft white flowers and marcona almond hint at a fresh and reserved style, yet the dosage of 10 grams per liter lends a voluptuous body and mousse to this layered and expressive Champagne. Flavors on the palate are slightly sweeter in tone including poached pear, yellow apricot, Orgeat and nutmeg-spiced apple pie, but the extra fine bubbles and vibrant acidity add poised balance.