Blowout BYO (Cambridge, MA): This was a semi sweet sparkler with a good amount of acid, not so much fruit. Big bold flavors but the sugar and the fruit were not perfectly integrated (yet). Impressive, if not delicious.
HDH Auction (Restaurant Tru, Chicago, IL): Adrian's bottle. Selosse? Extra dosage? YES PLEASE! Like a light egg custard - finally someone said meringue and that nailed it. Sweet, creamy, minerals, bronze-wood, spicy, some vanilla and light citrus notes outlining the nose. Palate is stupid: opens with sweet creamy custard - light delicious and airy, and the middle to end of the palate, this aspect combines with some acid structure/citrus notes and chalky minerality to create a transcendent alloy. Really toe curling - that's how good it was. This combination continues into the finish: custard, chalk, lemon, meringue - delicious. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5-2/2 = 18-18.5/20.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Disgorged November 24, 2008. I thought this was the top of the three NV Selosses that we drank today. This has the same attack as the Initiale, with a cornucopia of fruit, but it's modified by the presence of the significant dosage, which puts in a very attractive element of sweetness. The wall of mineral and chalk then catches up to the fruit and integrates into what is pretty much a complete wine. Despite the concentration, this is not a heavy wine. Finishes very long.
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Lots to like about this wine...has that funky, nutty nose to it with some sweet lemon tones too. The palate is sweet and delicious and part of me just wishes it had more acidity. Very exotic!
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(NV Jacques Selosse Exquise Sec) Really interesting stuff as this pulled up off its residual sugar magnificently. As someone who drinks Riesling a good amount I could definetly feel this wine and what is was going for. Had almost a weightless Donnhoff-like quality on the palate and the sugar had the textural effect of really thin icing that is ever so sweet. Something Sam Mason would create. Lovely stuff, very delicate and wears its sugar proudly and subtley.
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