NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 739
2011: Winter was freezing and wet, spring was very hot and dry, albeit with occasional frosts. The summer got off to a gloomy start but the growing season ﬁnished with much better weather. The wines produced were ﬁne, harmonious and balanced.
The cuvée consists of 57% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir and 22% Pinot Meunier, with reserve wines making up 31% of the blend.
Very fine perfume incorporating warm bread aromas, citrus pith and mixed candied citrus peel, dried apple, wet slate-mineral-like wafts. It’s got velocity in the palate, chalky, edgy, crystalline, more ‘mineral-like’ flavour and feel, set within the frisky tang of fruit and whoosh of firm bubbles. Really easy to drink, has a succulence in all the mix of things. Great. 94 points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Jacquesson’s soon to be released Cuvée 739 Extra-Brut is based on the 2011 vintage and 31% Reserve wines, all from Grand and Premier Cru sites in the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. The 739 is an assemblage of 57% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir and 22% Meunier, all fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in foudres. The unfiltered wine was disgorged in July 2014 with a dosage of 3.5 grams per litre. Medium-intense in its golden colour, the Cuvée 739 shows a clear, deep, rich and complex nose of ripe white fruits, bread, honey wax, and spicy aromas intermixed with refreshing chalk and lemon flavours in the background. Full-bodied, lovely, pure and fresh on the palate, with nutty flavours and stunningly smooth fruit, this is a full-flavored, wide open yet very delicate Champagne with a very fine and well-structured mineral finish. This is not a big wine perhaps (although it starts a little bit as such), but a Champagne full of elegance and finesse. It’s a great aperitif and food partner for lighter dishes. And a lovely midnight drink anyway. 92 points. Stephan Reinhardt. The Wine Advocate