Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Jacquesson Cuvee 730 Champagne

Fantastic medium sized grower-producer based in Dizy. Jacquesson owns prime vineyards in the grand cru villages of Avize, Ay, Dizy and Hautvilliers, which makes a good percentage of their wines. Today the house is run by the Chiquet brothers - Jean Herve who controls the business and Laurent who manages the vinification. Their sights are set firmly on the top.

Cuvee 730 refers to the fact that this is the 730th cuvee (batch) in the house's 208 year history. Predominantly wines from the 2002 two vintage with 20% coming from reserve wines that have been well matures in oak barriques. A roughly equal blend of the two pinots and chardonnay the wine shows quite strong flavours of green apples and pears, with some woody elements and a touch of spice.On some bottles Ive found a touch of sherry on the nose, but Im not sure if that is a fault or not. It is still quite young really and as such the acidity is still quite sharp and attacking, making this wine a perfect aperitif wine. The mousse is really vibrant and the wine throws up a steady stream of really fine beads.

I think that over time the wine will settle down a bit and become a bit creamier and less acidic. It would be interesting maybe to track down a bottle of an older batch and see how the wine has matured.

Jacquesson have a fantastic range of champagnes including some mono-cru wines, including a pinot meunier mono cepage wine, which I must try and track down. All in all a great champagne from a serious house that seems to have a lot to offer.

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