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NV Jacques Selosse Initial #172693127


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Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "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. (WK)" Vinous "(Based on 2022 release) The NV Extra-Brut Initial is quite rich in this release, which makes it a terrific introduction to the range. Apricot, candied orange peel, spice, butter and hazelnut are all amplified, with a kick of reduction on the finish that adds complexity. This is a fairly oxidative style for Initial, although there is plenty of focus. (AG)"

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About Jacques Selosse

Domaine Jacques Selosse, a small family-run Champagne house located in Avize, is renowned for producing some of the finest and most sought-after Champagnes in the world. The estate is run by Anselme's son Guillaume, who continues his father's legacy of producing exceptional Champagnes that are both complex and elegant.

Anselme Selosse, who took over the family Domaine in 1980, was one of the early pioneers of the grower champagne movement. He reduced the yields of his family’s grand cru holdings in Avize, Cramant, and Oger, moved to sustainable farming methods, and put the focus on the quality of the grapes and soils. This trailblazing effort has transformed the local landscape for artisanal growers and influenced new generations to bring soul back to Champagne.

The Selosse style is characterized by its use of old vine, organic fruit, fractional (solera) blending, and extended time on the lees, giving the Champagnes a deep, rich, and complex flavor profile. The estate is well-known for its extended sur lie aging, with some cuvées spending upwards of 10 years on the lees before release. In addition to its attention to detail in the vineyard and winemaking, the house is also known for its innovative and non-traditional labeling, with each bottle featuring a unique painting by a local artist.

Guillaume's winemaking reflects his belief in the grapes and their unique terroirs. He ferments and ages his wines in oak, leaves the wine to settle on fine lees, uses very low doses of sulfur, and keeps his dosages to a minimum. He blends two levels of reserve wines to create his cuvées, with most wines spending up to six years in the bottle before disgorgement. With only a few thousand cases produced annually, these wines are sought after by wine lovers and collectors around the world for their boldness, complexity, and charm.

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