N.V., Jacques Selosse, Lieux-dits Les Carelles

Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 97

Drinking Dates: 2020-2035

Critic: Dr. William Kelley

Tasted: 30-Aug-2019

The latest release of Selosse's NV Extra Brut Grand Cru Les Carelles is based on the 2011 vintage and was disgorged in March 2018. From a south-facing, 35% sloping site in Mesnil-sur-Oger, the wine wafts from the glass with a complex bouquet of white flowers, waxy citrus fruit, praline, smoke and walnut oil, delicately framed by a vestigial hint of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and muscular, with considerable amplitude and structuring dry extract and a strikingly saline, sapid profile, concluding with a long, searingly chalky finish.