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Cuvée 746 Grand Vin (2018) - NV

Jacquesson

4.20 / 5.0

Type
white sparkling, extra-brut
Region
Champagne AOC, France
Producer
Jacquesson
Vintage
NV, based on 2018
Disgorged
2022-11
On lees
36 months
Grapes
Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Alcohol
12.5
Sugar
2
Price
3097 UAH
Cellar
1 bottles
Jacquesson Cuvée 746 Grand Vin (2018) NV

Cuvée 746, born from the 2018 harvest, is composed of grapes from Aÿ, Dizy, Hautvillers (68%), Avize, and Oiry (32%) with a small portion of reserve wines. It reflects a season that began with a rainy winter and a mild, stormy spring, followed by fine, dry conditions from June onwards. These climatic conditions led to an early harvest, yielding grapes in perfect health with excellent ripeness and moderate acidity. After, vinification and élevage in oak casks on lees, the wine spends 3 years in the bottle on lees before disgorgement in November 2022.

Ratings

4.20 / 5.01500 ml@Lo Kyiv

From a magnum bottle, this wine emanates a delightful bouquet of apples, honey, nuts, chalk, lemon, and candied pears. It's very young, yet it shows promise with its freshness, roundness, and relatively creamy texture. Nicely balanced, it finishes with a long and flavourful aftertaste, making it a truly lovely wine.

4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Wix Kyiv Office · Mixed Bag Vol. 10

This wine captivates with its charm and complexity. The bouquet is a delightful blend of baked apples intermingled with honey and nuts, complemented by notes of chalk and candied pears. Hints of lemon candies and a subtle whisper of Jerez add layers to its aromatic profile. On the palate, it's round and fresh with a slightly creamy texture, achieving a nice balance that makes it remarkably easy to drink.

Wine #7 on Mixed Bag Vol. 10 event.

Jacquesson

Jacquesson, one of the most venerable houses in the Champagne region, has undergone a revolutionary transformation under the leadership of the Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet brothers. Since taking over from their father in the 1990s, the Chiquets have steered Jacquesson away from conventional winemaking practices, embracing a terroir-based, herbicide-free philosophy. Their groundbreaking decision to retire the house's 150-year-old non-vintage blend in favour of a single-vintage-based cuvée was a bold move that marked a departure from Champagne's tradition of striving for a consistent house style. These change not only reflects Jacquesson's commitment to quality and terroir but also signifies their willingness to embrace the unique characteristics of each vintage.

Jacquesson's approach to winemaking is characterized by a focus on expressing the unique qualities of each vintage, a philosophy that diverges from the norm in Champagne, which focuses on producing consistent wine each year. The Chiquets' decision to prioritize expression over consistency is evident in their numbered cuvées, starting with 728 based on the 2000 vintage. Each cuvée is a reflection of the year's harvest, with blends changing annually yet consistently showcasing a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The winemaking process remains constant, featuring vinification in large old oak barrels, ageing on lees with weekly bâtonnage, minimal dosage, and no filtration. This method has garnered widespread acclaim for its transparency and remarkable minerality, highlighting Jacquesson's commitment to quality and innovation.

In addition to the 700 Series, Jacquesson produces limited quantities of single-vineyard cuvées, each representing a unique parcel of vines. These Champagnes, lauded for their extraordinary expression of terroir, are made from small plots in Dizy, Avize and Aÿ. Jacquesson is also renowned for its late-disgorged older vintages, distinguished by their elaborate Baroque labels reminiscent of the 1840s. This aspect of Jacquesson's production underscores the house's devotion to crafting Champagnes that are not just excellent but also historically resonant and deeply connected to their heritage.

Like it wasn't enough, Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet brought one more novelty to the Champagne landscape. All wines of the 700 Series (in spite of Grand Crus and Mlllésimes they used to produce before 2000) come in two versions - regular and late disgorgement, with around 3 and 7-8 years on fine lees. This gives a unique chance to compare wine development on lees and post-disgorgement.

Since its establishment in 1798 by Memmie Jacquesson, the house of Jacquesson has traversed a fascinating journey. Initially basking in the glory of Emperor Napoleon's gold medal endorsement in 1810, the house experienced a period of decline before being sold in the late 19th century. Intriguingly, it was in 1843 that Johann-Joseph Krug departed Jacquesson to establish his own now-famous Champagne house. A pivotal turn for Jacquesson arrived with its acquisition by Jean Chiquet in 1974, who later passed the reins to his sons. Fast forward to 2022, and Jacquesson entered a new chapter under the stewardship of François Pinault's Artémis Domaines, part of the Groupe Artémis conglomerate, which also encompasses esteemed entities like Christie’s auction house, and luxury brands Gucci and Balenciaga. Furthermore, Artémis Domaines manages Château Latour and an exclusive selection of premier wine estates across France and California. Today, Jacquesson stands as a distinguished member of a modern French empire, one synonymous with the pinnacle of luxury.

[…] Jacquesson’s small size as a maison producing 250,000 bottles per year, its strong vigneron culture and its image as "champagne for the wine connoisseur" are all elements very much aligned with our philosophy at Artémis Domaines and are very compatible with our other domaines.

Frédéric Engerer, Managing Director of Artémis Domaines