JACQUESSON Cuvee 744 Extra Brut, Famille Chiquet Brut NV Bottle
Champagne & Sparkling Wines | France | Champagne | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Champagne - Dry
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
The newly released Cuvée No. 744 is Jacquesson’s 17th non-vintage within the “700 series”, their transparent and quietly revolutionary approach to blending for quality ahead of consistency. Cuvée No. 744 is based on the 2016 vintage, a year in which yields were significantly reduced by frost (as they were in Burgundy). A sunny, cool late spring turned to a hot, dry summer, and Jacquesson’s typically meticulous vineyard work brought in a healthy crop of ripe grapes between September 9th and October 6th. The base of the blend is made up of 55% from the Vallée de la Marne (specifically Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 45% from the Côte des Blancs (Oiry and Avize). Reserve wines from previous 700-series cuvées complete the blend, which contains a dosage of 0.75g/l. Cuvée No. 744 stands in marked contrast to its predecessor 743. If the latter represented the broad, voluptuous character of the 2015 vintage, 744 is all about tension and precision. Its raciness and elegance reminds proprietor Jean-Hervé Chiquet of the outstanding Cuvée No. 740. Chardonnay 45%, Meunier 20%, Pinot Noir 35%.
A splendidly inviting aroma of apple, quince and crusty bread lends this new cuvée a winning combination of freshness and generosity. The extremely fine bubbles are just one component of the texture, which in typical Jacquesson style has a natural concentration and density that requires only the tiniest dosage to balance. Complex, harmonious, and brimming with energy, this is another masterful release from the Chiquet brothers.