Jacquesson, Cuvée 742 Extra-Brut 750ml NVFrance, Champagne
Cuvée 742 is sourced from the 2014 harvest, from Aÿ, Dizy & Hautvillers (59% Pinot Noir), and from Avize & Oiry (41% Chardonnay). The winter was rainy and exceptionally mild, spring was hot and very dry, whilst July and August were cool and very wet. A hot, dry and sunny September saved the year. The balance of alcohol and acidity was excellent and the health of the grapes was generally good. However, after picking, rigorous sorting of some parcels affected by small sources of acid rot was necessary. As a result, the Chardonnays were superb, and the Meuniers, but above all the Pinot Noirs, held their own. The blend is completed with the addition of some reserve wines.
'The NV Extra-Brut Cuvée No. 742 (2014 base) has really opened up since I last tasted it about a year ago. The Pinot is so expressive in the No. 742, a Champagne built on texture and resonance. Dried pear, dried flowers, plum and spice fill out the wine's frame effortlessly, but the 742 truly shines with a bit of air, which seems to accent its freshness. Readers looking for a fine grower Champagne to drink now will find much to like. The blend is 59% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 41% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry). Disgorged January 2019. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 94/100 (Aug 2020)
‘Based on the 2014 vintage and disgorged with 1.5 grams per liter dosage in July 2018, Jacquesson's NV Extra Brut Cuvée No. 742 continues the house's pioneering series of cuvées that employ reserve wines not in pursuit of a constant "house style" but merely with the aim of complementing each base vintage to maximize its potential. Wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of walnut oil, dried white flowers, saffron, citrus oil and crisp orchard fruit, along with a delicate top note of fino sherry, it's medium to full-bodied, sapid and incisive, with superb concentration, racy acids and a long, resonant finish. I found it irresistible.’ – Wine Advocate, 93/100
|Blend information||59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Jacquesson has fast become the leading modern Champagne House even though its history stretches back to the 18th century. Under the leadership of brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet who took over from their father in the 1980's, the revolutionary herbicide-free, terroir-based philosophy has changed the face of Champagne. Jacquesson's production has halved over the last 3 decades, retaining only their finest vineyards and focusing on lower yields in an Extra-Brut Style. The house is not technically a grower Champagne as they lease 2 ha, but their demand always exceeds supply.|
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