Champagne Jacquesson “Cuvée 741” (Extra Brut)
Price for The Champagne Society members: $77 (regular price $90)
Long-time subscribers to The Champagne Society will no doubt be familiar with Champagne Jacquesson’s 700-series created to showcase the character of a particular vintage with the addition of a small amount of reserve wines designed to reinforce the complexity of the base wine.
Indeed, the 700-series is proving to be consistently one of the best non-vintage Champagnes available. We are pleased to share “Cuvée 741” – their latest release based on the 2013 vintage with roughly 20% reserve wine included in the blend.
Although technically a Champagne house, brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet operate Champagne Jacquesson much like a grower operation. Besides their own organic and sustainably farmed 69 acres of vineyard (severely pruned for low yields), they work closely with their neighbors to supplement from an additional 19 acres, all in Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. What sets them apart is their goal of producing a wine that expresses the greatness of their vineyard parcels rather than merely maintain a “house style.” Purely on the refinement of its current cuvées, Jacquesson can easily be ranked among Champagne‘s top six producers.
Laurent and Jean-Hervé describe their 2013 harvest from the Premiers Crus and Grands Crus villages of 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 result is a Champagne with the energy and sap one expects from the 700-series that reflects all the vitality of the vintage. Pure, fresh, elegant, and beautifully layered, the Pinot Noir is especially expressive and gives the wine a textural breadth that belies its youth. The dosage is minimal at 2.5 grams per liter. The wine has nearly a full year of bottle aging after being disgorged in February of 2018.