N.V. Jacques Selosse Blanc de Blancs Initial Brut Grand Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 96
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :


"A bright and harmonious Champagne, with a lovely nose of graphite, pastry dough and spring blossom leading to the creamy palate's flavors of white peach, toasted almond, fleur de sel and lemon curd. Distinctive, showing good tension and focus on the lasting finish. Disgorged May 2016. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made.–AN " (WS)

"The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial presents an intriguing melange of slate, crushed rocks, lemon, white flowers and ash. An utterly vivid, kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors follow as this crystalline, utterly pure wine comes alive in the glass. As is often the case, the Initial stands out for its focus, vibrancy and tension. The Initial is the freshest of the Selosse wines and is therefore a great introduction to the house style. This release is a blend of vintages 2005, 2006 and 2007, from the villages of Avize, Cramant and Oger. Disgorgement date: April 24, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

Despite all of the acclaim and recognition Anselme Selosse has received over the years, he continues to push the envelope of what Champagne is and can be. The new lieu-dit Champagnes, which now encompass six different bottlings – all of them multi-vintage blends – are off the charts, but frankly, so are the rest of the wines. Readers who want to learn more about Selosse might want to take a look at my recent videos on our site. Selosse fans might also want to consider a stay at Les Avizes, the hotel Anselme Selosse and his wife Corinne recently opened in Avize, which is probably the best way to visit this iconic producer." (WA)

"The NV Initial, Selosse's entry-level Champagne, captures all of the signatures of the house style. The flavors are rich, bold and seductive, with a Chassagne-like richness that is impossible to miss. Candied lemon, spice, dried flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes ring out on the deeply expressive, resonant finish. This is a slightly heavier, richer version of the Initial, a wine that is usually a bit fresher. The current release is based on vintages 2010, 2009 and 2008. Disgorged December 11, 2014," (VM)

"An assemblage of 2010/09/08 with pristine chalky and stony elements, lemon and lime citrus, dried yellow flowers and a gentle nutmeg-tinged spice overlay. Energetic palate with powerful and seamless lemon and peach fruits, minerals grow through the saline, acid-drenched finish. Drink now " (JS)

Winery Notes:
Three successive vintages of Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant & Oger.

Bottle Aging:
>3 years before disgorgement

-5 g/l

2,700 cases