By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2012 | Send Email
Jacquesson is one of the earliest Champagne houses, established in Châlons-sur-Marne during the end of the 18th century. Innovative founder Memmie Jacquesson was the first to train vines on rows (with the help of Dr. Guyot), develop precise dosage levels to help mitigate the hazard of exploding bottles, and successfully patent the 'muselet', the wire basket that gracefully supports the cork in sparkling wine. After visiting the winery's impressive cellar, Napoleon awarded Jacquesson a gold medallion, and it prospered during much of the 19th century, selling well over a million bottles before falling off a bit following the death of the owner. In 1974 it was bought by the Chiquet family, who have tirelessly sought to restore it to its former glory. Strictly sustainable, organic methods are employed by this venerable grower/producer, and they have opted to create a unique series of nonvintage Brut cuvées, combining fruit from dozens of parcels and the selective addition of wines from previous years, with the goal of emphasizing the special qualities of each harvest. The latest incarnation, Cuvée 734, is pure, focused and fabulous, vinified from 54% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, a classic grower Champagne that will entice you with its elegant nose of puff pastry, bosc pear, figs and apple, dancing and emerging on the palate with a production of brilliant players from lemon to pineapple to toast, integrated on a spine of fine, cleansing acidity. This is a stunning, hard-to-come-by Champagne for those special times when you simply cannot compromise on quality.