Jacquesson has fast become the leading modern Champagne House even though its history stretches back to the 18th century. Under the leadership of brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet (pictured) who…

Jacquesson has fast become the leading modern Champagne House even though its history stretches back to the 18th century. Under the leadership of brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet (pictured) who took over from their father in the 1980’s, the revolutionary herbicide-free, terroir-based philosophy has changed the face of Champagne. Jacquesson’s production has halved over the last 3 decades, retaining only their finest vineyards and focusing on lower yields in an Extra-Brut Style. The house is not technically a grower Champagne as they lease 2 ha, but their demand always exceeds supply. The price has jumped in 2018 and our allocations have been under pressure.

The non-vintage 700 series cuvées intentionally reflect vintage character, but still holds non-vintage depth with the addition of 30% reserve wine. Cuvée 741 heralds from only Grand and Premier Crus, based on the 2013 vintage which has a strong pinot noir stance. Richer and broader than the 740 or 739, it shows beautiful perfume and crystalline fruit. Like all the 700 releases it will appreciate another year or two in bottle before showing its best.

‘Jacquesson is one of the most interesting houses today, giving fantastically good value for money. I am so impressed by their latest release that I awarded them 5 stars!’ writes Richard Juhlin, regarded as the foremost Champagne expert and author of numerous Champagne books. Jacquesson is one of only 6 houses he awards 5 stars, including Krug, Roederer and Selosse!

‘I have to say, I was totally blown away by the wines I tasted with proprietor Jean-Hervé Chiquet at Jacquesson this year. I can’t think of another estate in Champagne that has so successfully transformed itself in just a handful of years.’ – Antonio Galloni.

The single-vineyards are hugely sought-after, but since they are produced only in the finest vintages, we will have to wait for their next release in 2019. We do however offer limited volumes of the Cuvée 736 Dégorgement Tardif. Based on the 2008 vintage, it has 9 years on the lease. Jean-Hervé believes this to be the finest of the 700 series to date. We agree!

Tasting notes:

Jacquesson, Cuvée 736 DT – R1,300
‘Our 2013 harvest from Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers, Avize and Oiry. The winter was very cold and snowy, with spring and early summer staying cold and very damp, causing coulure and millerandage as well as delaying the flowering. However, August and September were warmer and drier giving us a late, but excellent, harvest. The Pinot Noir from Ay and Dizy and the Chardonnays from Avize were particularly successful. The harvest was complemented by the addition of some reserve wines.’ – Champagne Jacquesson

‘The NV Cuvée No. 736 Dégorgement Tardif stands in stark contrast to the 735 tasted alongside it. Here the pedigree of the 2008 base vintage comes through loud and clear in the wine’s expansive breadth and overall dimension. Dried flowers, mint, herbs, chamomile, dried pear and smoke build to the deep, beautifully resonant finish. Today, the 736 offers a striking balance between the natural vibrancy of the year and the more burnished notes that have developed with extended time on the lees. All the elements are beautifully balanced in this rewarding, enticing Champagne from Jacquesson. All the elements are in the right place. Disgorged November, 2016. Dosage 1.5 gr/l.’  –Antonio Galloni, 93/100.

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