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Jacques Selosse "Initial" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1058702 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very pronounced and wonderfully complex nose of persimmon, egg yolk, cinnamon, tarte tatin, caramel, mango pastry, apricot tart and spice box. The full-bodied palate feathers a fine line between sheer power, luscious dried fruit and laser-guided acidity. Very long and intense on the finish. Drink now or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

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)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Like a pointillism painting on your palate, this graceful Champagne is as much about the details as the whole. An enticing nose of delicate rose petal, saffron, graphite and ground cardamom notes pulls you into the glass, with flavors of green pear, toast, honey and lemon pith. Mouthwatering acidity carries the flavor range on the long finish. Disgorged October 2016. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Anselme Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial is a pure Chardonnay sourced in the lower, more clayey slopes of the villages of Avize, Cramant and Oger. This release of the cuvée represents the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages, and it opens with an intense, perfectly ripe, tropical-scented bouquet with chalky notes. Ripe, round and very elegant on the palate, this is an expressive, chalky and persistent Blanc de Blancs that was disgorged in December 2017 (dosage: less than 6 grams per liter). (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Initial is fresh, bright and invigorating. Lemon confit, white flower, mint and chalk open up nicely in the glass. This is a fairly soft, open-knit version of Initial that will drink well with minimal cellaring. As always, there is a good bit of freshness, but the edges are a bit softer than is typically the case at this state. The current release is a blend of vintages 2010, 2009 and 2008. Disgorged April 2016. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

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) 17/20 Inner quote mark (6/2019)


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