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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 10 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerJacques Selosse
VarietyChardonnay
DesignationBrut Initiale
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)000004751007, 7350075500015

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2017 (based on 31 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Jacques Selosse Brut Initiale Blanc de Blancs on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 457 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BuzzzzOff on 5/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Toast and butter on the nose. Palate of intense farm-fresh apples and tropical fruits. At most, tiny bubbles. We think it will continue to get better, but happy as humanly possible to sip now. (107 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/22/2015: Yellow, mild mousse. Wonderful ginger and citrus aromatics. Medium weight but deeply flavored with tremendous acidity and fine stoniness. This held up and evolved beautifully over 3 hours and more than stood up to a wide array of dishes. (137 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 5/19/2015 & rated 93 points: A private dinner (Restaurant De Echoput, Hoog Soeren, Netherlands): A blend of Avize, Cramant and Oger from three consecutive (but undisclosed) vintages, disgorged 15 January 2007. Rich and vinous, mature but certainly not as oxidative as might perhaps be expected after more than eight years of post-disgorgement ageing; like a powerful and mature (but chalky) white Burgundy, a quite unique approach of the Champagne theme. (1000 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Sunday Dinner at Formento's (Chicago, IL): Disgorged December 24, 2013 (they work at Christmastime?). 33,000 bottles produced each year. Extremely dense and powerful, with a nutty, bready note, and pronounced salinity. There's a huge baked apple component as well. You gotta be a fan of the style (I am). This finishes off with a fair bit of chalkiness. The last glass of this was best though. These wines truly benefit from extended air. (1015 views)
 Tasted by carlwhat on 4/27/2015: 10/2006 disg. showing signs of age. very fine and few bottles. but really great bottle. (1787 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/22/2015: Disgorged October, 2010. Deep yellow, transient mousse. Heavier with more oxidative tones and caramel than fruit. Very good but not as much wild, vivacious fruit as in other bottles. (1919 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 4/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Some Champagnes: (Disorged 2009). Although being a BdB it is rather heavy handed and almost some red apples, high dosage, intense wine. Honey and yellow plums, powerful, quite developed. (1750 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/5/2015: Some Wines from a Spring Trip to France; 4/4/2015-4/11/2015 (Paris and Burgundy): Disgorged May, 2011. Lush, complex, full of gingery flavors and bitter citrus, just unbelievably creamy. Superb bottle. (2270 views)
 Tasted by frebro on 3/7/2015 & rated 87 points: Much too young. Very lively mousse initially, then dissipates surprisingily quickly - I can't recall having seven snyting like it before. It's been years since I last tasted this wine, didn't make a lasting impression then. This time, I like it better. Powerful body, heavily oaked but harmonious. Autolytic and rich. Lots of aromas that need more time to develop-bottle disgorged june 14, so I'll wait a few years until next tasting. Very promising. (2910 views)
 Tasted by mnor on 3/1/2015: Deg datum 20 September 2012.
Doft av rött äpple och toner av citrus. Smaken dominerades av rött äpple med toner av citrus och bröd. Det jag noterade var att jag inte hittade nĺgra oxiderade/Oloroso toner i vinet. Förvĺnansvärt "ren" frukt och riktigt lĺng eftersmak. Riktigt, riktigt bra! Jag hade inte gissat pĺ Selosse Brut Initiale om jag hade fĺtt in det blint. (2449 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 3/1/2015 & rated 94 points: 2008 disgorgement. Quite oxidized in style on the nose: golden, cidery. Like sunshine. Sharp chalk, flint. Sweet on the palate with cidery apple and pear notes, golden, soft, citric. Very soft mousse. Appley, like calvados. Spice and lemon on the finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20. (1453 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 3/1/2015 & rated 95 points: October 2013 disgorgement. Sharper than the 08 disgorgment had along side. Nose is spicy, brown, chalky, lemon, nuts. Just great on the palate - lemon, brown, nutty. Excellent cut but complex and rich. Spicy lemon mineral finish. A top showing for the Initiale. Like sparkling Leflaive or something. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20. (1505 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 2/28/2015 & rated 95 points: Choucroute Garnie at Sarah and Jonathan's (Theater District, Manhattan, NYC): September 2013 disgorgement. Very oxidized style nose with apple cider, nuts, chalk, pear, orange peel. The palate is a Wow! explosive cider, pear, lemon, chalk. Perfect power and cut. The long finish has pear, chalk and lemon. Again, this wine manages to be creamy, chalky and sharp with acid at the same time. Simply destroyed the 05 Comtes poured earlier. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5-5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20. (1123 views)
 Tasted by LoireFan on 2/23/2015 & rated 94 points: Disg. 24 Oct 06. Really showing well now. (2837 views)
 Tasted by Charlie Carnes on 2/20/2015 & rated 95 points: I thought this was a real show stopper. It was very aromatic with apple, red fruit, a hint of citrus, and soil. In the mouth the wine was crisp and snapped green apple, apple skin, and a nice balancing minerality and dark soil perceptions. Really delicious (2297 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 2/15/2015: Disgorged 2003. This was a touch flat for me but drank nicely. I preferred the 09 disgorgement I think. Not funky just a bit less complexity than ?I recall from other bottles. Seemed like very ripe fruit. (2605 views)
 Tasted by DanielN on 2/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Absolutely lovely champagne with extreme minerality backed up by tremendous amounts of full citrus, green apple and roasted hazelnut. The mousse is absolutely perfect (2009 views)
 Tasted by Darth Angelus on 2/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Fairly light bodied and elegant. It still seems to be in its youth. The acids make a distinctive impression, but are not unbalanced.
Has a little complexity and some length, but not quite like the greatest champagnes.

Still, quite a good blanc de blancs, if you don't require very full-bodied champagnes.
The style seems a bit special, somehow, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is. My guess would be that it is the Selosse house style. I can't say I have tried champagnes from this house verymuch, but going from what little I have tried from my memory, I think there is a similarity. (2063 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 2/6/2015: Disgorged 10/21/2009. Drank clean and delicious. Vanilla candy. Touch of Jura. On its own after a big meal. Less funky / oxidized and more fresh in a good way I thought than a bottle recently at a restaurant disgorged 3/26/09. Storage differences? (2227 views)
 Tasted by BilboBaggins on 1/24/2015 & rated 93 points: February 2010 disgorgement. No formal notes taken, but very impressive. If this is the entry level of Selosse, then I can't wait to taste some of the wines further up in the hierarchy. (2277 views)
 Tasted by AtoZ on 1/14/2015: second wotn. Complex reminds me of 90 Comtes. Disgorged 2001. (2637 views)
 Tasted by christyler on 1/14/2015 & rated 94 points: 01 disgorgement

Dark golden color. This had a very rich, maderized nose. Almost made me wonder if it was over the hill and/or premoxed.

However, this was sharp and precise on the palate. Very bdb and straight up delicious. Certainly at peak but not showing signs of slowing down. (1704 views)
 Tasted by ovenmitt on 1/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Agree with Douglee and Christoffer.... I can't say it any better than they have. Excellent wine for a New Years eve with friends. (2454 views)
 Tasted by DougLee on 1/1/2015 & rated 94 points: Disgorged 7/20/12. Popped on New Year's eve. Warm white gold color. Nose of citrus, almonds, stone, floral notes, yeastiness. Firm, almost majestic layers of biscuit, yeast, white pear, peach, and grapefruit soaring over a tensile spine of mineral and schist. Palpable, massaging texture and terrific grip counterpointing its obvious acidity. Long, brilliant finish. Absolutely beautiful and of course quite young, this has years to go. (2254 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: The Initiale certainly develops a lot of character if just given some rest in the cellar. Tonight it is certainly singing from the glass. The Selosse hallmarks all reveal themselves with some time in the glass. Classical red baked apples combined with minerals, citrus tones and rich toast, just adorable. The palate adds to the nose with a brilliant texture, balanced acidity and a creamy velvety mousse. The length on the finish lasts some 45 seconds. There is a lightness emerging at the back-end of the palate providing an elegant balance to the overall power. Without doubt this wine has a great personality, expressive, massive and powerful, yet balanced and elegant. (disgorged September 2012) (2371 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Vinous Table: California Classics at Bar Boulud, New York (Jan 2015) (1/1/2015)
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Vinous, Champagne: The Season’s New Releases (Nov 2014) (11/1/2014)
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Vinous, Dec-13, IWC Issue #10167 (12/1/2013)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Champagne – A Wine For All Seasons (Nov 2013)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, May 2013, Issue #16, Champagne Tasting Notes
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By Julia Harding, MW
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Vinous, November 2012
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Champagne: So Much More Than a Celebration Wine (Oct 2012)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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Vinous, New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2011)
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Champagne Warrior, September 2011, Issue #12, Non-Vintage Champagne: Drink It When You Like It
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Vinous, Dec-10, IWC Issue #20101 (12/1/2010)
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Vinous, New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2010)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/23/2013)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) Light golden color with steady, tiny bubbles; oxidative, manzanilla, vaguely smoky nose; tasty, elegant, tart lemon, oxidative, mineral palate; long finish (based on '06, '05 & '04 vintages)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/2/2013)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) Light golden yellow color with few, steady, tiny bubbles; oxidative, fino sherry, oxidized apple, toasted almond, light honeysuckle nose; tight, fino sherry, very tart apple, mineral palate with steely, medium-plus acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (disgorged 12/1/11; great pairing with smoked salmon and other smoked fish)  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/2/2012)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) Light lemon yellow color with abundant tiny bubbles; lightly oxidized apple, chalk, mineral nose; tasty, tart apple, tart lemon, mineral palate with scintillating acidity; medium-plus finish (disgorged April 24, 2012)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/17/2011)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) Light golden yellow color; lightly oxidized, rock salt, baked lemon, tart apple nose; tasty, light footed, rock salt, very minerally, quinine, very tart apple palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/15/2010)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) Light golden yellow color; intriguing nose, a little oxidative, very tart kumquat, lemon peel, hazelnut nose; nutty, sherried, tart lemon, mineral palate with depth and grip, and a ginger note that develops with air; long finish  94 points
By Alfonso Cevola, CSW
Sommelier Journal, December 2009
(NV Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Brut Initiale, Champagne, France) This classic Blanc de Blancs is hands down the most memorable white wine I have tried this year. Not knowing what to expect, I discovered depth and power. I am still reeling from the finish, so delicate yet persistent, without becoming rapacious. As a personal indulgence for special moments—birthdays or holidays, with family and friends—this is a perfect choice. The wine is assembled from three vintages and aged two years before disgorgement.
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Jacques Selosse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Selosse

Jacques Selosse is a Champagne grower and producer based in the Avize region of Champagne.

The estate was founded by Jacques Selosse and his family in the 1950s, with the first vintage being bottled in 1960.
The current proprietor of this estate is Anselme Selosse who took over from his father Jacques in 1980. Anselme studied at the Lycée viticole de Beaune and was one of the first winemakers to apply the winemaking techniques of white Burgundy to Champagne. In 1994 Anselme was named best French Winemaker by Gault Millau.

Production

Jacques Selosse is a Grower Champagne, which means the grapes used to produce the wines are grown in vineyards owned by the winery rather than being purchased from other growers, as is the case in most Champagne production. The entire production is grown according to biodynamic principles and Anselme is considered a pioneer of biodynamics in Champagne. Selosse wines are fermented using oak barrels, in contrast to the majority of Champagne producers who use stainless steel tanks.
Two of the wines in Selosse's range, the Substance and the Contraste, are produced using a solera system, the same process used in Sherry production.
Selosse holds 37 acres (15 ha) of vines, predominantly Chardonnay with the remainder Pinot Noir.nAround 55,000 bottles are produced each vintage, dependent on conditions.

Wines

Initial is a blend of three vintages of Chardonnay grapes, aged for at least 2 years before disgorgement in a Brut style.
Version Originale is also a blend of three vintages of Chardonnay, but it spends 42 months in bottle before disgorgment and has very little dosage resulting in an Extra Brut style.
Millésime is a single vintage Blanc de blancs made from the grapes of two vineyards in Avize, Le Mont de Cramant and Les Chantereines.
Substance is a Blanc de Blancs from a single vineyard in Avize. This Champagne is made in a solera system with the base grapes for this wine coming from the 1987 vintage, the blend is topped up with more recent vintages each year.
Contraste is a Blanc de noirs, made from Pinot Noir grapes, coming from a single vineyard called La Côte Faron in the village of A˙. Like the Substance cuvee, this is made in a solera style. The base grapes in this wine are from the 1994 vintage.
Exquise is a Demi-Sec wine, with around 24g/l of dosage making this a semi-sweet style. Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes as a Blanc de blancs.
Rosé is produced using Chardonnay grapes from Selosse and Pinot Noir grapes from Egly-Ouriet in Ambonnay.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay on Appellation America

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Champagne

Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and A˙) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Champagne

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