White - Sparkling

N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 749

  • RolfT Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 24, 2019 - Deg 2009. Decanted for 15 min. Bottle in fine form, but seemed a little bit restrained compared to other degorgements Ive had. Also a little hollow on the midpalate.

  • RolfT Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 11, 2019 - Disgorged 13 Nov 2018 - 2012 base?
    Deeper and richer and slightly more oxidative than the V.O.
    After 20min in glas takes on a slightly worrying oxidated character.
    Good, but too young - drink from 2022.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mbad77 wrote: 91 points

    May 4, 2019 - Disgorged July 2017. Rich colour and lots of larger sized bubbles, holding plenty of fizz.
    Slightly oxidised but I quite like that in the right way. Lean and sharp green apple on the finish and quite dry, which for my taste means lack of richness or dosage. Seems a bit simple in some ways and seems like it’s trying to be two things rather than been very good at one. Others may well love this style (other two sharing loved it)

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 30, 2019 - Best bottle (Restaurant Waldhorn, Kirchheim, Germany): Glass: Gabriel Standard
    Disgorged in 2013. Nice golden color. Beautiful, precise and focused nose. Fine mousseux. On the palate very rich but focused and precise. Fine yellow fruit. Deep and complex, great mineral notes and vibrant energy and tension with an enormous pressure. Very long and fine finish. Great Champagne for sure. Amazing experience! 93-94

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  • Jeremy Holmes wrote:

    April 16, 2019 - Disgorged 27th August. 2018. Quite a fine nose of bread, tart tatin, lemon cued and mineral. It is full in the mouth, with layers of flavour. There's fruit sweetness and a chalky dry finish.

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  • By John Stimpfig
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Selosse – Lieux-Dits Dinner at NoMad (Jul 2017), 7/1/2017 (link)

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  • By Brad Baker
    March 2017, Champagne Tasting Notes

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2015, Issue #57, The June 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Tales From Two Weeks In the Region in April

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    Dec-13, IWC Issue #10167, 12/1/2013 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013

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    May 2013, Issue #16, Champagne Tasting Notes

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2011) (link)

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    September 2011, Issue #12, Non-Vintage Champagne: Drink It When You Like It

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    January 2009, Issue #1, Tasting Notes of Champagne and Sparkling Wines

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/23/2013 (link) 93 points

    (NV Jacques Selosse 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)

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/2/2013 (link) 91 points

    (NV Jacques Selosse 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)

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/2/2012 (link) 93 points

    (NV Jacques Selosse 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)

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/17/2011 (link) 94 points

    (NV Jacques Selosse 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

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/15/2010 (link) 94 points

    (NV Jacques Selosse 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

Sommelier Journal

  • By Alfonso Cevola, CSW
    December 2009 (link)

    (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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Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Jacques Selosse
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Initial
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne Grand Cru
  • UPC Codes 000004751007, 055804617503, 7350075500015

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 261 (3%)
  • In Cellars 4,526 (48%)
  • Consumed 4,604 (49%)

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Community Recommendations

Asian style beef tartar, ceviche, corn-fed chicken with morel risotto and tarragon sauce, crab, Crab sticks 4 ways (mustard, farro and asparagus, lobster, mozzarella and parmesan) on Joey's baguette (Robuchon), scallops, seared scallops

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