Cuvee 743, Jacquesson, Champagne, France NV
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Jacquesson is a small producer based in the town of Dizy, just to the north of Epernay. The house was founded in 1798 by Memmie Jacquesson and is now run by brothers Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet.
They preside over 28 hectares of vines, comprising 11ha in Avize and Oiry, some 13 ha spread over Aÿ, Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-su-Aÿ and a further 4ha in the Vallée de l’Ardre (a tributary of the Vesle, north-west of the Marne). This fruit accounts for almost 80% of their total production, with the remaining grapes purchased via longstanding arrangements with local growers.
The Chiquet brothers place a huge emphasis on the quality of the vineyards. Recently methods have changed to be organic and sustainability is a key emphasis with regards to all vineyard work. In a relatively unique approach, instead of being limited to labelling their non vintage champagnes NV, Jacquesson have decided to change the name of their cuvée every year. This allows drinkers to identify which vintage the majority of the fruit comes from, highlighting vintage variation and specific vineyard conditions. The first cuvée under this new concept was 740, so-called after an internal bookkeeping system.
Across the entire range, the wines of Jacquesson are recognised as serious Champagnes with an emphasis on minerality and complexity of fruit. The wines have significant gravitas, are good food companions and age beautifully.
Aromas of fresh bread, ripe apples and white flowers give way to an ample, almost creamy palate offering flavours of apricots, spices and toasted hazelnuts, carried perfectly by the luxurious mousse and fine, lingering finish.