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Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 745 Extra Bruttext

Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée n° 745 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, 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. Their recent 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, and referencing the number of years since the family took ownership. 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 745 is from 2017. This year's edition is 66% red grapes (Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers), and 34% chardonnay (Avize and Oiry), with 30% reserve wines. It was vinified on lees in oak with no filtration or fining before heading to bottle where it spent 4 years before disgorge in February 2022 with under 1 g/L. The deeper golden yellow hue reflects the oak aging and majority red grapes, yielding buttery cherry brioche, crunchy red apple, lemon peel and ample oxidative notes across a brisk, tightened palate, thanks to the near zero dosage. True to house style, this incarnation, like all others, will have its fans.Tasted: 11 August 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$121.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Champagne JacquessonDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier - Chardonnay