Jacquesson Brut "Cuvée 734"

SKU #1066310 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut Cuvee No 734 is an absolutely beautiful bottle of wine. Rich and expansive on the palate, the Brut Cuvee No 734 flows onto the palate with expressive fruit, showing wonderful richness and depth. The aromatics and minerality of the Chardonnay play off the richness of the Pinot and Meunier with remarkable grace. The Brut Cuvee No 734 is 54% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, all from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards in the Vallee de la Marne and Cote des Blancs. The principal vintage is 2006 and constitutes 73% of the final blend, with the rest of the blend coming from the estate’s reserve wines. Dosage was 5 grams per liter. This bottle was disgorged in the 1st quarter, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.  (12/ 2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh blossom aromas mingle with flavors of wild cherry, currant and whole-wheat toast in this lacy-textured Champagne. Drink now through 2013.  (11/ 2010)

K&L Notes

This latest release cuvée from Jacquesson, founded in 1795, is composed of 54% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir. A blend of 2006 vintage (73%) and various resserve wines from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the Marne Valley and the Cote des blancs. Disgorged in the 3rd quater of 2010 (July, August, September) and dosaged at an ultra low 3.5. Less than 30,000 cases produced. A wonderfully dry style with creamy, stone fruit nose. Peach and apple fruit with toasty and yeasty notes. Heaps of acidity on the finish, which is exceptionally clean and fresh. Organically produced.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/31/2012  | Send Email
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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.
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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
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