Disgorged 5 November 2011. Really complex nose with smoke, stones, tropical fruits and a bit of oaky vanilla. Quite a sweet nose, actually. Very dry and intense on the palate with lots of minerals and a bit of oak. Really long and robust. The colour is golden and the it is surprisingly mature on the nose and flavour profile as well, but it still feels pretty tight, focused and young on the palate. Will definitely improve, but I will probably not wait more than two years to drink my last bottle.
A brutally nice wine and totally Selosse without being too much... The nose reveals the classical, yet classy, baed apple, minerals, citrus zest, dark toast and that oxidised tone Selosse so skilfully turns into magic. The palate follows through in t he best possible way with perfect balance an integration. There is enough texture and structure for several years of further cellaring. Sometimes the Selosse style is a bit too much and perhaps a bit edgy. The VO almost always delivers a softer and "creamier" experience and this bottle is certainly no exception to that rule. A bit on the young side as it was disgorged 2013, this bottle provided immense pleasure tonight. Bravo!
Quite amazing showing! This bottle was purchased in Paris and brought into the US in my wine cruiser. Dégorgée 12.20.2012, and so only a couple of years following disgorgement. In a few words, my take here is that tasting this VO reinforced my earlier view that this is a cuvee that will benefit from bottle ageing. Freshness of a Blanc de Blancs and the depth of a blend from older vintages. As from Selosse's page: “Brut Initial and Version Originale show the influence of age and terroir. Each is a blend of three vintages of Chardonnay from the same three villages: Avize, Oger and Cramant. Yet, while Initial is a blend of harvests from the mid-2000s from lower slope vines, Originale is made from older vintages and from hillside vines”.
Disgorged Dec2013, light golden with med fine bubbles. Apple, toast bread, some floral nose and spice. Sharp acidity and grippy in mouth, would guess zero dosage. More intense aroma of floral element of white burgundy into finish. Would prefer some sweetness as the lack of it, one need to dwell deep to appreciate the elements here.
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(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut V.O.) Light golden color with steady, tiny bubbles; almond, sherry, tart lemon nose; rich, creamy, ripe lemon,, mineral, almond palate; very long finish 94+ points
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