White - Sparkling

N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
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  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 25, 2020 - twice blind, once not blind, all3 bottles disgorged Sep 2019

    we had them in between the Substance, the biggest difference is compexity. Both have the Selossian roasted pinenut but Initial a bit less intensive and is fresher (yuzu) in the finish. 2x95, 1x94

  • Russell Faulkner wrote:

    October 23, 2020 - 1 Feb 2005 disgorgement. Rich deep gold, still a strong initial mousse that tailed off. Nose of burnt orange, light caramel and lemongrass. A little chunky on the palate, fresh still with a gentle but crisp finish.

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  • GrapeScott wrote: 95 points

    October 21, 2020 - Disgorged 10/25/16. Dark golden hue like a Corton Charlemagne. Complex effusive nose of marzipan, Asian pear, quince and pineapple. Mouth-caressing fine mousse, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit flavors with a bone dry finish. About as good as Champagne gets

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • grapenomad wrote: 95 points

    October 19, 2020 - “Champagne on arrival” just got bumped up to a whole other dimension. Great to start a dinner with legends. Anselme Selosse is not just a winemaker, he’s creator of a new philosophy in Champagne, one that gave way to the ‘growers’ of today. He studied in Burgundy and brought a vineyard-centric focus to Champagne during an age of big houses and little attention to viticulture. He changed the course of this region forever. In the winery, he ferments all his base wines in wood, no yeast is added (even in the tirage stage), no sediments are lost and no MLF is done. “The most important thing is not what I do but what I don’t do. For me, there is no winemaking. I am just a butler, I am not a boss.”

    This is a blend of three successive years, from the Grand Crus of Avize, Cramant and Oger. Disgorged in April 2019. Rare are the wines that suck you in both on the nose and on the palate, for hours on end. The nose is marked with a walnut-apple pie deliciousness with a bit of pear marmalade in the combo. I’m getting hungry just writing this. Killer energy and balance. Trademark oxidative notes, like a quality Sherry splashed into a Puligny. Still a very shy wine at this stage, I can just wonder how crazy good it will get in the upcoming years. UF!

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • jnewman77 Likes this wine:

    October 11, 2020 - Lovely bottle; definitely oxidative, with bruised apple, toasted hazelnut, brioche and hints of honey. The palate was very lovely, vinous and deep, not as fresh as some other bottles I've had, but very tasty.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
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  • By John Gilman
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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

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  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 341 (3%)
  • In Cellars 5,513 (48%)
  • Consumed 5,633 (49%)

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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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