TN: N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale

  • N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale - France, Champagne (1/22/2009)
    Wow. This is an awesome champagne and different from the majority of the other champagne. Disgorged in July 2007. Decanted for 30mn. Powerful nose, very complex and mineral, some wood (sometimes reminded me of a good cognac). Full body, high acidity, fine bubbles, as complex on the palate as on the nose. A lot is going on there: white chocolate, citrus, apple notes, nuttiness, yeasty and a loooong finish....I could drink this every day of my life! (94 pts.)

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w+a, I agree totally that this is not a Champagne for novice. Really special. This was still young in my opinion.

wiml, you're right! That was for Laure's Bday. I wonder if she really deserves it though Razz

K, lucky us that the customs in Chicago don't check for Selosse bottles in our luggage when flying back from home !! Pretty hard to find here.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
Terrific notes, french.
I truly must seek this one out.

I see it is at WL. If I'd only known about this. Steve8 was just there the other day (uggh).


And I even called you to talk about the Champagnes. Razz

When you called, this was off my radar. Smile
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Originally posted by Italian Wino:
French16,

Thanks for the TN. It looks like this is $139 at WL. Is this the best price you have seen? Where in Chitown are you located?

IW


IW
I'm right in Chicago, in Lincoln Park.
I never bought one here. Back home, at my favorite caviste the Initiale cost 59 euros. So I make sure I always brought some back!
$139 seems about right around here. I can not find it here in Chicago.
Disgorged October 2009. Bought from a store with temp of 70 degrees which might be a reason why this bottle was more evolved than I would have anticipated. Color was pure liquid gold. I poured it in both a champagne flute (for the wifey) and in a chard glass (for myself). The bubbles in both glasses were aggressive. We drank this wine over a period of 3 hours. Early on the citric fruit was dominant but in balance with yellow/green fruits. As time passed this champagne become more vinous with butterscotch, yellow/green fruits which were in balance with the minerality of this wine. It went extremely well with the chicken and basmati rice we had for dinner. Actually, my wife who probably has a better palate than I thought this wine went better with food than any champagne she had tried to date. Me on the hand am sold on this producer!! 93-94
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
...Actually, my wife who probably has a better palate than I thought this wine went better with food than any champagne she had tried to date...


That's what I hear, and I'm counting on that. I have a small stash of Initiale shipping in the fall, I hope hope to experience this wine's food friendliness very soon. Thanks for the notes. Smile
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Originally posted by stickman:
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
...Actually, my wife who probably has a better palate than I thought this wine went better with food than any champagne she had tried to date...


That's what I hear, and I'm counting on that. I have a small stash of Initiale shipping in the fall, I hope hope to experience this wine's food friendliness very soon. Thanks for the notes. Smile


Do you know the disgorgement date?
NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale - France, Champagne (12/29/2012)

Opened by Allred. October 2009 disgorgement. This was a Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs. Medium yellow color. Crisp. Steely character. Notes of citrus, lemon curds and roasted nuts. High bead. Very pretty wine with a long finish. 96 points.

VM
These NV Champagnes age so very well. I'm holding a couple of the '09 back for more aging.

I missed Gkapoor's question from 2010.

My lunch with Bruno Paillard taught me so much about NV Champagne, and their ability to age, and Olivier Krug also echoed much of what Bruno said/taught me when we shared wine and stories.

It is my opinion Selosse NV wines will age wonderfully and will reward the patience.

There are wines ( Cedric Bouchard) that I have found never really improve with age, and are best overall when enjoyed the first couple of years. I do love the C. Bouchard BdN a great deal and am curious how it might age, but why wait! Cool
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Originally posted by wine+art:
These NV Champagnes age so very well. I'm holding a couple of the '09 back for more aging.

I missed Gkapoor's question from 2010.

My lunch with Bruno Paillard taught me so much about NV Champagne, and their ability to age, and Olivier Krug also echoed much of what Bruno said/taught me when we shared wine and stories.

It is my opinion Selosse NV wines will age wonderfully and will reward the patience.

There are wines ( Cedric Bouchard) that I have found never really improve with age, and are best overall when enjoyed the first couple of years. I do love the C. Bouchard BdN a great deal and am curious how it might age, but why wait! Cool


I tried to pick up a Bouchard BdN for FKG's birthday but had to go in another direction
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
These NV Champagnes age so very well. I'm holding a couple of the '09 back for more aging.

I missed Gkapoor's question from 2010.

My lunch with Bruno Paillard taught me so much about NV Champagne, and their ability to age, and Olivier Krug also echoed much of what Bruno said/taught me when we shared wine and stories.

It is my opinion Selosse NV wines will age wonderfully and will reward the patience.

There are wines ( Cedric Bouchard) that I have found never really improve with age, and are best overall when enjoyed the first couple of years. I do love the C. Bouchard BdN a great deal and am curious how it might age, but why wait! Cool


I tried to pick up a Bouchard BdN for FKG's birthday but had to go in another direction


Keep trying, Jcocktosten. I think it is his most unique wine.
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Originally posted by wine+art:

There are wines ( Cedric Bouchard) that I have found never really improve with age, and are best overall when enjoyed the first couple of years. I do love the C. Bouchard BdN a great deal and am curious how it might age, but why wait! Cool


I too am a big fan of cedric bouchard and agree that they are delicois When young. Don't have any experience with his wines with any age on it but I'm bout to find out how well Bouchard's age as I just picked up a case of parcelle disgorged in 2003.
Had my first Selosse Initiale (October 2006) a week ago and agree with W+A's comment that this is not a champagne for the novice drinker. This was a terrific bottle with subtle nuances of a well crafted and aged champagne that I think was a little bit lost on family members. Too bad it can be challenging to acquire.
Back to the Selosse - we put it in a blind Champagne tasting and it was knocked around by some big boys in its class. On another occasion the non-wine geeks (but wine drinkers...) didn't get it at all. Selosse wines can be subtle and need to shine on their own.
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Originally posted by Winetex:
Back to the Selosse - we put it in a blind Champagne tasting and it was knocked around by some big boys in its class. On another occasion the non-wine geeks (but wine drinkers...) didn't get it at all. Selosse wines can be subtle and need to shine on their own.


You truly do get it!

I trust D understand just how special you are. Bow
Had two initiale's this week, one disgorged in July 2009 while the other in April 2012. The two were eerily similar which makes sense since Selosse the initiale is produced to display the house style instead of a vintage. The 2009 took the cake as it was more open for business, creamy on the palate with white flowers, citrus, and finish of orange peel.
  • NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Initiale - France, Champagne (8/9/2013)
    Disgorged 2009/10/21. Honey-gold colour, brioche, toasted hazelnuts, dried orange peel, Meyer lemon curd, pie crust, cooked apples, and a hint of sherry. Fantastic, fine bead, great texture and length - well over a minute-long finish. Easily 95 points. A superb bottle of Champagne. Drink now-2018. (95 pts.)

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