Disgorged October, 2010. Full yellow. Lively beads to start. Wonderful nose and palate of freshly sliced green apple and ginger with yeasty undertone. At a really terrific equipoise between vibrant fruit and early oxidative notes. I like the Initiale at this particular age.
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.
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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(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) 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 Brut Initiale) 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 Brut Initiale) 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 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
(NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale) 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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