Jacques Selosse NV 'Initial' Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne Grand Cru AOC

Jacques Selosse NV 'Initial' Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne Grand Cru AOC

Item Number: 5071

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Cote des Blancs
Appellation/AVA: Champagne Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Classic chalky marls

Bottle Aging: Greater than 3 years before disgorgement.
Cépage: Three successive vintages of Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant and Oger.
Dosage:  2 g/l

History: Since assuming control of his father's estate in 1974, Anselme and Corinne Selosse have redefined Champagne with fastidious viticulture, innovative élevage, and intensely vinous Champagnes. Selosse features some of the lowest yielding vines in the region - leading to the region's ripest, most expressive fruit.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (7/14/2017)

    The NV Initial is fresh, bright and invigorating. Lemon confit, white flower, mint and chalk open up nicely in the glass. This is a fairly soft, open-knit version of Initial that will drink well with minimal cellaring. As always, there is a good bit of freshness, but the edges are a bit softer than is typically the case at this state. The current release is a blend of vintages 2010, 2009 and 2008. Disgorged April 2016. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (11/15/2017)

    This Champagne is bright and harmonious, with a lovely nose of graphite, pastry dough and spring blossom leading to the creamy palate's flavors of white peach, toasted almond, fleur de sel and lemon curd. Distinctive, showing good tension and focus on the lasting finish.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (7/27/2018)

    The NV Extra Brut Initial is remarkably open for this wine, with a bit more tropical character than is often the case. Apricot, butter, ash, graphite and passion fruit give this year’s edition of Initial a distinctly overt, almost flamboyant character. The wine is very, very pretty, but more giving than it typically is at this stage. This release is a blend of vintages 2011, 2010 and 2009. Disgorged July 24, 2017. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (8/1/2018)

    Like a pointillism painting on your palate, this graceful Champagne is as much about the details as it is about the whole. An enticing nose of delicate rose petal, saffron, graphite and ground cardamom notes pulls you into the glass, with flavors of green pear, toast, honey and lemon pith. Mouthwatering acidity carries the flavor range on the long finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2025.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (11/15/2018)

    Like a pointillism painting, this graceful style is as much about the details as the whole. A nose of rose petal, saffron, graphite and ground cardamom notes pulls you in, with flavors of green pear, toast, honey and lemon pith. Mouthwatering acidity carries the flavor range on the long finish.