Are you tired of the same old selections at your holiday table? Then this champagne is just what you need! Brought to our attention by the ever wonderful wine specialist Michael Rodriguez, we present Champagne Jacquesson.
Jacquesson is one of Champagne’s most venerable houses, not only predating Krug, but giving birth to it, when in 1843 Johann-Joseph Krug left Jacquesson to form his own house. Despite more than 200 years of history, Jacquesson has become a revolutionary among Champagne’s established houses, under the leadership of brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet, who took over from their father in the 1980’s. Since then, the house has adopted a herbicide-free, terroir-based philosophy. It also retired, after 150 years, its non-vintage blend and replaced it with a groundbreaking single-vintage-based cuvée, which changes yearly. And next came its terroir-based cuvées, an unprecedented move for a traditional house.
As Champagne lovers have the chance to experience more and more of Jacquesson’s new releases, the genius of this house’s ideas are coming more fully into focus.
Here are Michael thoughts on these wonderful bottles:
Cuvee n* 741 Grand Vin
This release of Jacquesson’s seven series champagne is based on the 2013 vintage. It’s quality will come as a surprise for those guided by vintage reports. The wine shows Jacquesson’s hallmark breadth and complexity of flavor. It is pale yellow in color with citrus peel, floral notes, a smoky nuance and a bright minerality on the very long finish.
Original Price: $74.99, December Price: $69.99
Cuvee n* 736 Disgorgement Tardiff Grand Vin
Cuvee 736 is a late disgorged wine that is based on the fantastic 2008 vintage and spent 88
months on its lees. The blend here is 53% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir and 18% Pinot Meunier.
This wine is expansive with citrus peel, pear, dried flowers, mint, chamomile and a whiff of
smoke that all build to the bright and showy finish. This wine is absolutely stunning and would
trounce other wines at five times the price in a double-blind tasting. Haute couture in a bottle!
Original Price: $124.99, December Price: $114.99