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Champagne Jacques Selosse Initialtext

Champagne Jacques Selosse Initial NV

Côte des Blancs, Champagne, FranceOne of the most coveted, and disruptive producers in Champagne, the singular, savoury, uncompromising, and terroir-driven wines of Anselme Selosse are always exciting to come across. Anselme's father, Jacques, established the domaine in 1949, and Anselme started working with him in 1974. They own 8 hectares primarily in the Côtes des Blancs, and also some Pinot Noir in Montagne de Reims. He ferments the base wines in wood (he began using some terracotta since 2015), with no MLF, and full solids (no fining or filtration). Initial is Selosse's biggest bottling, at a meagre 33,000 bottles. This BdB is from estate vineyards in Avize, Cramant, and Oger, with sites near the foot of the hill, where this is more clay, and is based over the previous 3 vintages. This was disgorged by hand with near zero dosage (2022). Think of this singular champagne as truly an idiosyncratic wine with bubbles, with reductive flinty notes imbuing dried and fresh green apple, dried apricot, deep wet chalk, and rich toasty nuttiness. Very vinous, and very powerful, this will make you rethink Champagne. Try alongside very aged Comte. *Bottle purchased in France.Tasted: 23 July 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
France$430.00750mlFrance (Euros)
Producer: Champagne Jacques SelosseGrape: Chardonnay