Disgorged 2014. Starting to show some apples, so given an additional 2-3 years this will reach at least 93. Better than my 2012 encounter with this champagne. Then we had a bottle disgorged the same year, but putting a bottle away for 3-5 years obviously leads to an improvement.
Refined and airy mousse. Appealing bouquet of terroir (chalk and clay), citrus, steel, and construction site. The wine conveys a precise purity of fruit and earth. The generous mouthfeel scintillates the entire palate, making it difficult to put the glass down. Powerful yet complex acids, long and complex finish. Exceptional!
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(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial) 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)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial) 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)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial) 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)
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial) 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
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial) 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
(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. Sommelier's Choice: Top Releases of 2009
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