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  • NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Substance

    Absolutely a "WOW!" wine.

    The complexity and balance combined with the strength and unique qualities makes this is my favorite Selosse.

    Having tasted most bottlings but the single vintages, that is saying a lot.

    Perhaps it was the additional aging, disgorged Sept 24, 2003. Something about this bottle distinguished itself as starting at 11 and just going higher as it developed/opened across the hours of the evening.


    For my tastes, Substance benefits from additional aging.
    Over time the Initial, Rose and others do not seem to gain as much.

    I would drink those sooner before the youthful expression falls off.
    In my limited experience, Substance develops the desired mature Champagne characteristics. This 2003 in 2014 was truly exceptional.

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  • 2006 Lucia Syrah Garys' Vineyard

    I am with Frank- Glaze nails the character. Served with roast duck and this long forgotten bottle launched the meal into the stratosphere.

    Tons of secondary character, a silky mouthfeel, gorgeous integration. Everything ties together into an impressive package made all the more impressive because in that this is a second label for the vineyard.
    Well done!

    once again provenance rule the day as this was not listed in my inventory.
    Time has served this well but should you have any likely its bester to drink near-term.

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  • 2004 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard

    Outstanding complexity with nuanced layers. An Original.
    Every once in while the glass is filled with something that isn't simply another nice wine- even calling it wine belies what lies within.

    The nose: While savoring the depths my daughter asks, "When are you going take a sip?" Honestly the nose alone is reason enough to seek this out.

    Mouthfeel is extraordinary. Full yet weightless. Silky almost unnoticeable tannins, so well integrated from age and provenance.

    Life cycle- 10 years old & I suspect this is just beginning to express itself. Any earlier and it was likely a jammy chewy mess. A crime to open. Given present vitality guessing 2024-2030 would be just insane.

    Length, depth, vitality, balance and complexity.
    Serious juice.

    Not a party wine, this deserves contemplation and withstands intense examination.

    3 hour bottle breathe, then decanted for another hour of air. Served with a grass-fed Porterhouse from Olivier's Butchery, mushroom risotto and sautéed spinach.

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