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: ~5 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.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/30/2014)

    The NV Initial is especially open in this release, with notable texture, richness and resonance. Lemon peel, white flowers and almonds all open up in the glass, followed by honey and slight elements of Burgundian-like reduction. Initial is always Selosse's most vibrant wine, as it is once again this year. The pure breadth and verticality of these Chardonnays from Avize, Cramant Oger is compelling. Readers who want to explore Anselme Selosse's wines should start here. The vintages are 2007, 2006 and 2005. This is a fabulous showing. Disgorged October 21, 2013. Dosage is 4.6 grams per liter.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (11/1/2015)

    The NV Initial, Selosse's entry-level Champagne, captures all of the signatures of the house style. The flavors are rich, bold and seductive, with a Chassagne-like richness that is impossible to miss. Candied lemon, spice, dried flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes ring out on the deeply expressive, resonant finish. This is a slightly heavier, richer version of the Initial, a wine that is usually a bit fresher. The current release is based on vintages 2010, 2009 and 2008. Disgorged December 11, 2014.
  • 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.