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Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 743 Extra-Brut
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Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 743 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 initially, instituting the radical notion of training vines in rows with Dr. Guyot's collaboration and patenting the muselet, the wire cage that holds the cork in place. However, the real innovation 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 for each vintage. Each year, a new-subsequently numbered-cuvée is released, maths meaning this current release 743 is from 2015. The Chiquet brothers are incredibly excited about the 743 and believe that it may be their best release in the 700-series to date. This was harvested from Ay, Dizy and Hautvillers (60%), Avize and Oiry (40%), with some reserve wines blended in. This was disgorged with September 2019 with no dosage. Opening with an oxidative swing, this moves into bread dough, red apple, meringue on lees and lemon curd-padded palate, held taut with ribbons of green apple acidity. Quite structural, the finish lingers with chalky salinity. Quite approachable now and has the structure to carry forward. Distinct, in its difference, as ever.Tasted: 01 December 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 100.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne JacquessonDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot Meunier - Pinot Noir