Jacquesson Cuvée 742 Extra-Brut NV Bottle size: 750ml

France, Champagne
R1,050
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(Only 24 left)
In December 2019, Decanter released a list of their best non-vintage Champagnes to buy. Amongst the 50+ Champagnes, they included this Jacquesson Cuvée 742.
94
AG
Cuvée 742 is sourced from the 2014 harvest, from Aÿ, Dizy & Hautvillers (59% Pinot Noir), and from Avize & Oiry (41% Chardonnay). The winter was rainy and exceptionally mild, spring was hot and very dry, whilst July and August were cool and very wet. A hot, dry and sunny September saved the year. The balance of alcohol and acidity was excellent and the health of the grapes was generally good. However, after picking, rigorous sorting of some parcels affected by small sources of acid rot was necessary. As a result, the Chardonnays were superb, and the Meuniers, but above all the Pinot Noirs, held their own. The blend is completed with the addition of some reserve wines.

Tasting Notes:
'The NV Extra-Brut Cuvée No. 742 (2014 base) has really opened up since I last tasted it about a year ago. The Pinot is so expressive in the No. 742, a Champagne built on texture and resonance. Dried pear, dried flowers, plum and spice fill out the wine's frame effortlessly, but the 742 truly shines with a bit of air, which seems to accent its freshness. Readers looking for a fine grower Champagne to drink now will find much to like. The blend is 59% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 41% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry). Disgorged January 2019. Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter. Drink 2020-2030.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 94/100 (Aug 2020)

‘Based on the 2014 vintage and disgorged with 1.5 grams per liter dosage in July 2018, Jacquesson's NV Extra Brut Cuvée No. 742 continues the house's pioneering series of cuvées that employ reserve wines not in pursuit of a constant "house style" but merely with the aim of complementing each base vintage to maximize its potential. Wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of walnut oil, dried white flowers, saffron, citrus oil and crisp orchard fruit, along with a delicate top note of fino sherry, it's medium to full-bodied, sapid and incisive, with superb concentration, racy acids and a long, resonant finish. I found it irresistible. Drink 2019 - 2029.’ – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 93+/100

'A creamy and harmonious version, with a fragrant skein of spice that unwinds through flavors of raspberry tart, lemon pastry cream, lime blossom and candied ginger. Lightly mouthwatering on the lingering, spiced finish. Disgorged July 2018. Drink now through 2024.' – Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 93/100

'Cuvée 742 is sourced from plots situated in Aÿ, Dizy, and Hautvillers (59%) and in Avize and Oiry (41%). It has a powerful aromatic complexity with minty, floral and orchard fruit elements, while the fresh, generous yet silky texture is supported by fresh, well-judged acidity. A superb entry-level Champagne. Dosage: 1.5g/l.' – Decanter, 92/100
More Information
Condition New
Body Medium to full-bodied
Blend information 59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating AG 94
Technical analysis Dosage: 1.5g/l
Producer information Jacquesson has fast become the leading modern Champagne House even though its history stretches back to the 18th century. Under the leadership of brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet who took over from their father in the 1980's, the revolutionary herbicide-free, terroir-based philosophy has changed the face of Champagne. Jacquesson's production has halved over the last 3 decades, retaining only their finest vineyards and focusing on lower yields in an Extra-Brut Style. The house is not technically a grower Champagne as they lease 2 ha, but their demand always exceeds supply.
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