Jacques Selosse "Les Carelles" Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne, France (750ml)

Jacques Selosse


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| Grapes: Chardonnay
| Type: Sparkling
| Region:  Champagne
| Alc.: 12.5%
| Ratings:  JS98, AG98

| 98 points, James Suckling: One of the six lieu-dit cuvées that Selosse works with, this edition is composed of five vintages (2003-2007 consecutively) and was disgorged in April 2014. The Selosse theory here is to mitigate the character of one singular season by blending from multiple vintages, thereby getting a deeper connection to the character of the terroir; he readily references Burgundy as the inspiration for his lieu-dit approach. This has very fragrant and fine citrus with strong, crushed rocky mineral presence as well as fine, light peppery notes; really ethereal. The fruit sits right in the lemon and grapefruit spectrum and smells perfectly ripe. The palate has a strong and elevated arc of lemon and lime flavor. The acidity is superfine and gives way to a super long, focused and precise shape. Light toffee and brulée flavors run across a cashew flavored finish. Full of light and energy, this is a captivating, vivacious Champagne. Ready to drink now, it's all here; or hold for a more savory twist in three or more years.

98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: The NV Extra-Brut Grand Cru Les Carelles boasts extraordinary power, breadth and sheer richness. Layers of butter, pastry, tropical fruit, spices and smoke literally bursts from the glass as this exotic, heady Champagne struts its stuff. I imagine the Carelles might be too much for some readers, but for those seeking to get to the heart of the Selosse style; here it is. This is a dazzling showing. 

19 points, Jancis Robinson 

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