White - Sparkling

N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 774

  • jens.thogersen wrote: 90 points

    October 12, 2019 - Gula och röda äpplen, vanilj lätt oxiderad doft. Djup gul färg.
    Smaken är full av gula mogna äpplen, fyllig och full av smak. Varar väldigt länge.
    Helt ok men är inte överrumplad

  • Jeremy Holmes wrote:

    October 6, 2019 - November 2017 disgorgement. There were some nutty notes to begin. With air citrus blossom, white peach and green apple came to the fore. It was layered, creamy. Complex and engaging. The finish was loaded with chalk.

  • denerin Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 28, 2019 - Didn't take any formal notes, but from memory: perfectly new baked bread with orange zest marmalade. Some apples and oxidative noted (sherry).. Lively, and long!! Amazing wine. Very burgundy in stile.

  • Pavan wrote: 93 points

    September 20, 2019 - Dégorgée Sep 2012. Surprisingly powerful, almost green acidity and good length. Golden colour

  • Billy Swan wrote:

    September 5, 2019 - Disgorged in August 2013. Sadly, probably the last Selosse I’ll buy unless I win the lottery. Almost six years after disgorging it is still vital if not outright youthful. Fruit is still fresh, acidity comes at you like a lazily shot arrow (a wee bit rounded but still very perky), slightly nutty tones of oxidation, like Anselme has splashed some good Sherry in a Puligny, and flowery sensations covered in chalk. Sad to see it go, but thankful to having been able to drink a few.

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    Champagne vs English Fizz, 11/22/2018 (link)

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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
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    May 2013, Issue #16, Champagne Tasting Notes

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    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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

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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. Sommelier's Choice: Top Releases of 2009

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 304 (3%)
  • In Cellars 4,784 (49%)
  • Consumed 4,762 (48%)

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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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