Jacques Selosse "Initial" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1058702 96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Initial NV (2023) Reminiscent of aged white Burgundy, this shows a rich panoply of quince paste, shortbread and honeycomb accented by white truffle, licorice root and chamomile tea. The fine bead melts like flakes of fleur de sel on the palate, working with the mandarin orange peel acidity to sculpt this rich, focused Champagne. Fascinating. *Highly Recommended* (AN) Inner quote mark (3/2023)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Lovely intense and invitingly rich baked bread aromas lead to a very dry, ripe, rich and powerful palate. Oxidative, fat and autolytic, it has a savoury and honeyed character that's both exotic and hedonistic. There's good mineral acidity to keep the show firmly on the road, but it's not the main component here, and it shows fabulous length on the finish. Definitely a fizz for food. (JS) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The October 2014 disgorgement of Brut Initial is from the base year of 2008, with 2007 and 2006 juice comprising the remainder of the blend. This is a beautifully classic and refined example, soaring from the glass in a pure and youthful aromatic blend of pear, white peach, chalky soil tones, a touch of tangerine, spring flowers and vanillin oak. This is very floral in personality, but not as exotically musky as the 2009 version. On the palate the wine is pure class, with its full-bodied and seamless format presenting excellent depth at the core, refined, pinpoint bubbles, lovely focus and nascent complexity and a very long, minerally and elegant finish. This is very, very easy to drink today, but again, patience will be rewarded with an even more beautiful bottle! Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Disgorged in May 2021, the latest rendition of Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial is showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with aromas of pear, dried fruits, confit lemon, fenugreek, fresh bread and toasted almonds. Full-bodied, vinous and complex, it's a rich, fleshy Champagne that's underpinned by bright acids and complemented by a pinpoint mousse, concluding with a long, sapid finish. As usual, this bottling derives from the lower-altitude slopes of Avize, Cramant and Oger, where the soils are richer in clay and yields are higher when compared with the vineyards that inform V. O. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2022)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Extra-Brut Initial is especially airy and perfumed in this release. Hints of dried flowers, hazelnut, spice, orange peel and incense all grace a mid-weight, understated Initial that is all charm. This release is beautifully done, but also quite understated in feel. Pretty floral accents lift the finish. Initial is composed of a base vintage that typically accounts for at least 65% of the blend and then reserve wines from the prior two vintages that are aged in cask and then blended just prior to bottling, all from vineyards in Avize, Cramant and Oger. Disgorged: October 16, 2022. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2023)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Blend of Avize, Cramant and Oger. 100% Chardonnay. Three consecutive years 2011–2013. 5 years on lees approximately. Wild yeasts. Dosage 5g/l. Deep golden straw. Very distinctively savoury on the nose – broad like a bold (not modern and austere) white burgundy. Hits the very back of the palate with umami and Marmite. Real weight and real length to this. Tastes bone dry but not painful. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

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