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N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
Drink between 2015 - 2022 (Edit)
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  • Vicchangus Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 11, 2022 - Classic Selosse

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  • Charlie N Likes this wine: 96 points

    January 1, 2022 - Aug. 24, 2020 disgorgement. Honeyed, toasty aromas but with great energy, fresh acidity with broad ribbons of salinity.

    Deep and rich palate, nutmeg, baking spice, cinnamon, cider like qualities given a liveliness from lemon/more acid. Finish is long offering balance with savory saltiness and toffee.

    An absolutely powerful wine whose enormity is pushed to sublime heights by its finesse and restraint. Case in point- there is a big line of acidity but instead of something harsh or blinding, it crackles and gives length and texture like a hot Orange amp.

    The closest to this for me isn't Champagne but Corton-Charlemagne with 15+ years on it. The fine bubbles and precise-near-gripping acidity coupled with the life-giving oxygen are a kind of body double for the red-like qualities of CC or white Rioja.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 1, 2022 - not blind
    disg. 2008, lovely aged, fresh, great acidity, roasted pine nuts, balanced, not oxidized, powerful. 95

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  • R_S Likes this wine:

    December 31, 2021 - Grüne Apfel, grüner Tee Hefe, später auch Noten von Apfelkompott, leicht oxidative Note

  • eboracum Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 31, 2021 - Selosse has a cult type reputation, his wines are rare finds at cavistes and are always expensive. This followed Sadi Malot's very good Coup de Foudre cuvée as apéritif and I was quite expecting some disappointment in view of the hype. Not a bit of it! This wine stood out in all respects. More complex, richer, yet more precise, and longer than its predecessor and with a caressing mouthfeel which may owe something to discreet barrel fermentation and ageing (I can find no information on this). Amongst the myriad flavours, I could detect citrus and peachy fruit, nuts, fine minerals, spice and a hint of port on the slightly oxidative finish. Excellent.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: 2020 New Releases (Nov 2020), 11/1/2020 (link)

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  • By James Suckling
    7/10/2019 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2019, Issue #82, Champagne Jacques Selosse Crafting the Cultural Revolution In the Heart of Avize

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2019, Issue #82, Champagne Jacques Selosse Crafting the Cultural Revolution In the Heart of Avize

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  • By John Gilman
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  • By John Gilman
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  • By John Gilman
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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    The 2019 Champagne Summer Preview (Jul 2019), 7/1/2019 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/4/2019 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/22/2018 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The 2018 Summer Preview (Jul 2018), 7/1/2018 (link)

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  • By James Suckling
    7/13/2017 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview (Jul 2017), 7/1/2017 (link)

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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, Issue #22, Champagne Tasting Notes

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The 2016 Summer Preview (Aug 2016), 8/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne’s Golden Age (Nov 2015), 11/1/2015 (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 Antonio Galloni
    Vinous Table: California Classics at Bar Boulud, New York (Jan 2015), 1/1/2015 (link)

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    Vinous Table: California Classics at Bar Boulud, New York (Jan 2015), 1/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The Season’s New Releases (Nov 2014), 11/1/2014 (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    The Season’s Best NV Champagne Releases (Jan 2015), 1/1/2014 (link)

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

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne – A Wine For All Seasons (Nov 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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    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013

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  • By Brad Baker
    May 2013, Issue #16, Champagne Tasting Notes

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

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Vinous

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    November 2012 (link)

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    Champagne: So Much More Than a Celebration Wine (Oct 2012) (link)

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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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    December 2010 (link)

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    Dec-10, IWC Issue #20101, 12/1/2010 (link)

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    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2010) (link)

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  • By Brad Baker
    February 2010, Issue #5, Tasting Notes/Wine Reviews

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    December 2009 (link)

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    Champagne: The Last Frontier (Dec 2009) (link)

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  • By Brad Baker
    January 2009, Issue #1, Tasting Notes of Champagne and Sparkling Wines

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    New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2008) (link)

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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, 7350075500039

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 394 (3%)
  • In Cellars 5,911 (46%)
  • Consumed 6,534 (51%)

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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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