Community Tasting Notes (421) Avg Score: 93.0 points

  • This is just great stuff. Cocked apples, lemon, honey. Best with food and in a big wineglass.

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  • Possibly more experienced Champaign drinkers will disagree about this tasting note (or score), but I will explain. This Initial was disgorged May 22, 2014. First we had the V.O. Then the Dom Perignon 2002 and now this one. The V.O. so special. The DP 2002 so lush. And then this Initial holds the middle, but in fact complements both other two wines. Beautiful and complex bouquet with some reductive/oxidized impressions and beautiful minerals. On the palate also a bit oxidized in a beautiful way, beautiful lime acidity and enormously tasty with a great length. For most of the tasters including me, this was the winner of the evening because it combined special complexity and lushness in a beautiful way.

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  • doften är vädligt rödfruktig med rosenvatten, blommor och hallon i doften, även härlig citrus och en härlig spritsig doft jag inte kan sätta namn på

    väldigt god champagne med hög syra röda och gula äpplen och återigen en liten hallonfrukt. Tycker detta vin är mästerligt. Bra. Härlig mousse.
    deg 12

    93-95

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  • Deg. October 2012.
    Lovely deep nose, showing Pinot Noir fruit (almost like in a red Bourgogne wine) with ripe raspberries and sweet strawberries, some peras, herbs and a touch of gunpowder and match stick.
    Very attractive.
    Palate is balanced, with sweetness and acidity playing in fine harmony, sweeter tropical fruits, spicy with minerals, long finish with some oak bitterness showing.
    Very good bottle of bubbles, keep it for another 5 years, and you will be rewarded.
    (93 – 95)

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  • Nice light golden
    Deg. october 12
    On the nose, roses, honey, raspbarries, buscuits, citrus, hint of oxidation.
    On the palate, vanilla with a nice buttery taste, raspberries, nice acidity with a slightly hint of almond.
    Long finish

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    (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
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    (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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