Jacquesson Cuvee 744
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more.
Recent visit to Jacquesson house in Champagne and tasting with Jean Herve Chiquet confirmed the extraordinary calibre of this wine .. Jacquesson is the oldest independent family owned champagne house and was Napoleon ‘s favourite house. The family is deeply wedded to concept of terroir including organic practices in the vineyard. Gorgeous depth, elegance and finesse here.
A chardonnay dominant style (47% chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, predominantly from the 2014 vintage comprising all the single vineyard prestige cuvee fruit from Champ Cain, Vauzelle Terme & Corne Bautray that was declassified) exclusively from grand and premier cru vineyards; base wines were fermented in old oak casks on lees. They champion quality ahead of champenoise obsession with similarity and consistency they replaced the all important non vintage wine with a numbered cuvee. Their vineyards are in Grand Cru villages of Ay, Avize and Oiry and premier Cru of Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil sur Ay. Even Paul Krug cut his teeth at Jacquesson before relocating to start his own show later in Reims.
Cuvee 744 is here ! The latest wine from the fabulous frères Chiquet is a portrait of 2016 and their harvest in Aÿ, Dizy, Hautvillers (55%), Avize and Oiry (45%). Winter and spring were extremely rainy. Temperatures at the start of the year were mild at first, then temperatures dropped from the end of February, with severe frosts occurring at the end of April. Late spring was sunny and cool, but summer got both very hot and very dry. Jean-Hervé, Laurent and the team started picking on September 19th and finished on October 6th, with a hiatus of a few days in
between to take into account fairly uneven levels of maturity across the parcels. The harvest gave them ripe and perfectly healthy grapes. They reported wines that were aromatic and tasty with a notable mention for the very successful Pinot Noir.
As always, a few 700-series reserve wines complete the cuvée, which required a dosage of just 0.75g/L.
Jacquesson has been awarded 3 stars (the best and maximum ranking!) in Le Classement by La Revue de Vin de France. Le Classement is a ranking of the 1300 best domaines in France and only 56 domaines in France have 3 star status. Jacquesson together with Krug.,Salon and 3 other champagne producers were awarded the 3 star status.
The concentration of this wine puts this up there with the finest 700 series release to date. This is the sublime champagne.
Review of 743:
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media “The NV Extra-Brut Cuvée No. 743 (2015 base) is soft, open-knit and caressing. The natural radiance of 2015 comes through in the wine’s ample, creamy feel. Apricot, spice, dried flowers, hazelnut and lightly honeyed notes are all beautifully laced together. The 743 is already a touch forward, in a good way, which makes it a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 40% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry). Disgorged: August 2019 and bottled with no dosage.”
92 points. Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator “Lovely spice and apple blossom notes are an enticing, aromatic thread in this elegant Champagne, wafting from the glass and winding through flavours of ripe yellow plum, salted Marcona almond, candied ginger and toast point on the palate. Fresh and creamy, with a minerally underpinning that lingers on the fine finish.”
RRP $159 SPECIAL PRICE when you buy 6 or more $124.99
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