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Jacques Selosse Initial Brut Blanc De Blancs NV (750ML)

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97 JS / 95 VM / 95 WS / 95 WA / 95 DE

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. Disgorged 13 November 2018. - James Suckling

The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial is absolutely impeccable. Its hard to know where to start. What is more impressive: the definition of aromas and flavors, or is it the wines sublime texture? The Initial is remarkable for its nuance, clarity and overall sense of harmony. The mousse is impeccably fine from start to finish, while the expression of Chardonnay is all elegance. Juicy apricots, peaches, flowers, crushed rocks and spices meld together on the seamless, utterly impeccable finish. Initial is Selosses largest production cuvee and is a blend of fruit from Avize, Cramant and Oger, all Grand Cru villages. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Abundantly aromatic, featuring honeysuckle, graphite and star anise notes, this is a mouthwatering version for fans of rich, toasty wines. Lime-laced acidity provides a vibrant backbone for the layers of nectarine, grilled nut, mandarin orange peel, saffron and toasted brioche flavors, creating beautiful balance. Long and expressive on the finely detailed finish. Disgorged September 2018. Drink now through 2027. From France.—A.N, Wine Spectator

As I wrote last year, the November 2018 disgorgement of Anselme Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial is a blend of the 2012, 2011 and 2010 vintages and derives from the lower-altitude slopes of Avize, Cramant and Oger, where the soils are richer in clay and yields higher. The wine is going from strength to strength, and it's showing brilliantly today, mingling notes of peach and honeycomb with nuances of dried fruit and toasted nuts. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's vinous and concentrated, with terrific mid-palate amplitude, a refined pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Indeed, this is drinking so well that I was sorely tempted to open a second bottle. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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. - John Stimpfig, Decanter

Note: Scores and reviews for this product are for reference only and may not be for the actual disgorgement dates available.


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