Jacques Selosse "Substance" Blanc de Blancs Champagne
96 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Substance remains one of the most exotic, intriguing wines being made in the region today. I admire the way the wine shows the maturity one might expect considering the solera-style blend goes back to 1986, while maintaining terrific freshness and verve. Full-bodied to the core, the Substance sweeps across the palate with layers of intense fruit. Hints of orange peel, creme brulee, spices, licorice and mint add complexity as this full-bodied, intense wine opens up in the glass. The finish is long, sublime and just as refined as it is nuanced. Substance is one of Selosse’s most challenging wines in that it requires the taster’s full attention. Readers who take the time to explore Substance will be rewarded with one of the great drinking experiences in the world of wine. Substance is Selosse’s first solera-style Champagne and dates back to 1987." (12/10) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of yellow rose, toasted grain, pit fruits and orange marmalade. Broad, palate-coating pit fruit and candied citrus flavors show an exotic floral quality and are perked up by zesty minerality, which adds focus. Very deep but lively as well, finishing with excellent clarity, incisiveness and spicy persistence." (12/10) 93 points Wine Spectator.