Like a pointillism painting on your palate, this graceful Champagne is as much about the details as the whole. An enticing nose of delicate rose petal, saffron, graphite and ground cardamom notes pulls you into the glass, with flavors of green pear, toast, honey and lemon pith. Mouthwatering acidity carries the flavor range on the long finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2025. (AN)
The NV Initial is fresh, bright and invigorating. Lemon confit, white flower, mint and chalk open up nicely in the glass. This is a fairly soft, open-knit version of Initial that will drink well with minimal cellaring. As always, there is a good bit of freshness, but the edges are a bit softer than is typically the case at this state. The current release is a blend of vintages 2010, 2009 and 2008. Disgorged April 2016. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter. (AG)
The chalk soil is much more like the albariza in Jerez than like the limestone of Burgundy, says Anselme Selosse. Dosage 1.6 g/l. Deep and intense on the nose and has a lovely rich spice with hints of ginger and dried grasses. A touch of apple and yeasty richness. So intense and full flavoured. Powerful and long. Rich and rounded and hard to believe the dosage is so low. 17.5/20 points. (JH)
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