Mod Selection Brut Reserve with Gift Box
The purest expression of balanced "house style." layered with lively aromatics and vibrant white fruit. This distinguished cuvée offers unparalleled freshness and invigorating minerality in an utterly versatile and superior-drinking wine. The elegance, balance and purity of this champagne is a remarkable achievement.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
-Anthony Dias Blue
COMMENTARY: The MOD Sélection Reserve Brut Champagne fits squarely as a solid example of a complex and lively Brut. TASTING NOTES: This Champagne is focused and bright. Its aromas and flavors of pleasing ripe fruit, light yeast autolysis, and earth should pair it well with pan-seared scallops in a white reduction sauce. (Tasted: March 22, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
Mod Sélection is the purest expression of balance and terroir produced in champagne today.
Descended from a long line of growers and vignerons, the house of Mod Sélection has a legacy dating back to 1892, having produced champagne in an exclusive enclave of the Vallée de la Marne for over five generations. It was selected as the finest house in champagne by award-winning wine and spirits producer Brent Hocking for its exceptional dedication to purity, balance, and finesse. The house has long-been commissioned for its remarkable champagne by political and industry elite. Only now has this superior drinking cuvée become available for release.
The house practices minimal intervention throughout harvest, press, and production ensuring the purest display of balance and terroir in every cuvée. Only grapes demonstrating optimal levels of sugar, acidity, and maturity are selected fit for press. The most delicate extraction and juice selection, meticulous settling, natural clarification, and rigorous control of fermentations are carried out with exacting precision to preserve the balance, purity and finesse unique to Mod Sélection house style and production.
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.