Today we are delighted to be able to release one of the hottest properties in Champagne, the spellbinding Jacquesson’s 700 series. Allocations – as one might expect – find their way mostly to the on-trade, the quality at this price point making it the perfect pour at the world’s leading restaurants and clubs. Jacquesson’s global cachet could not be higher, just pipped by Krug as the world’s leading Champagne house by La Revue Des Vins De France. Jacquesson’s 700 series is hotly anticipated, typically selling out entirely, well before the next release arrives on the scene. Therefore, we were thrilled to unearth a parcel of the Extra-Brut Cuvée No. 742, which is based on the excellent 2014 vintage and 20% reserve wines from the previous two years. Immediate comparison must be drawn with Krug’s Grand Cuvée; serendipitously Krug 168 Edition releases tomorrow. Like Krug Special Edition, Jacquesson’s 700 is based on a single vintage, however while other Champagne houses seek a consistent “house-style” with their non-vintage releases, Jacquesson aims to capture a unique expression with each of their 700 series releases.
We are huge fans of Krug Special Edition which we feel matches most other marquee vintage champagnes, priced at £675 per case of six. However, Jacquesson’s 742 is offered today at £190 per case of six, under £32 a bottle under bond. It is a must buy item for champagne lovers and this incarnation, the 742, is already considered one of their finest ever. It has been awarded 94 points by Antonio Galloni, calling it ‘a gorgeous wine’ he goes on illuminating its virtues further saying ‘Dried pear, hazelnut, mint, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this rich, beautifully resonant Champagne from Jacquesson… The 700-series Champagnes are often superb; the 742 is an especially fine edition.’ Such sentiments are ordained by William Kelley of The Wine Advocate, who awards it 93+ points and says he finds it ‘irresistible.’
Jacquesson & Fils which is based in the Dizy region and founded in Chalons-ur-Marne in 1798 lays claim to being one of the oldest houses in Champagne. It was a favourite of Napolean, who bestowed their cellars with a gold medal. Today it is run by brothers Jean-Herve and Laurent Chiquet, who have moved the House to organic methods, with fermentation in oak increased. The brothers are big advocates of the now fashionable zero dosage, along with late disgorged cuvees. The juxtaposition of minimal sugar and extended lees results in their incredibly poised, elegant and pure Champagne. The 700 series is vinified on lees in oak barrels with no filtration or fining. The production is now 200,000 bottles, 8,000 magnums and 300 jeroboams. Of which the 742 is just a tiny proportion.
Jacquesson 700 series speaks of minerality, elegance and complexity, it has the gravitas and many believe the quality of champagne double the price. Hence its extreme following and highly allocated distribution
94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The Extra-Brut Cuvée No. 742, based on the 2014 vintage, is a gorgeous wine. In this release, the Cuvée seems especially marked by Pinot in both its flavor profile and texture. Dried pear, hazelnut, mint, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this rich, beautifully resonant Champagne from Jacquesson. Best of all, the 742 will drink well with minimal cellaring. The 700-series Champagnes are often superb; the 742 is an especially fine edition. The blend is 59% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers) and 41% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry). Dosage is 1.5 grams per liter.
93+ Points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
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.
93 Points, James Suckling
This is packed with interest and has a savory edge with a big, grilled-almond and toasty feel to the nose, together with some fresh, crushed hazelnuts and green apples. The palate has a very bold and punchy feel with super crisp flavors and a big surge of acid-drenched power. Finishes bracingly dry. Based on the 2014 vintage. Drink now.
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