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Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 742 Extra-Brut
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Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 742 Extra-Brut NV

Champagne, FranceChampagne Jacquesson was founded in 1798 by Memmi Jacquesson, and was a house favourited by Napoleon, who bestowed it a gold medal for its cellars. The winery has been innovative from the beginning, instituting the radical notion of training vines in rows with the collaboration of Dr. Guyot, and patenting the muselet, the wire cage that holds the cork in place. The real innovation, however, began in 1978, when the Chiquet family purchased the house, and brothers Jean-Hervé and Laurent spend the next ten years campaigning to their father to do something radically different, from the structure of the company to vineyard management. In 2000 they took a bigger risk and announced the 700 series. This numbered, vintage-based cuvée began with ‘728’, represented by the 2000 vintage. Rather than making a consistent NV wine every year, they aim to make the best possible blend each vintage. Each year, a new-subsequently numbered-cuvée is released, maths meaning this current release 742 is from 2014. This blend is 59% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 41% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry), and was disgorged in July 2018 with 1.5 g/l. This year saw the wine aged on lees under cork rather than crown cap, and with two months further ageing in oak prior to heading into bottle. Ripe and full with lemon pith, brioche, fresh hazelnuts, dried white florals seasoning a core of pear and white peach, and swung with an oxidative sherry-like note, finishing with a lingering nutmeg / cinnamon kiss. The dominance of pinot noir, extended aging in oak, and the move to bottle age under cork has rendered 742 more voluptuous than previous releases. I think this is drinking deeply, and ideally, now, but will hold in your cellar.Tasted: 09 April 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 100.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne JacquessonDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay