Jacquesson ‘741’ Extra Brut NV
Jacquesson was founded in 1798 in Châlons by Memmie Jacquesson, son of a wine trader. The house quickly gained notoriety, aided by the fact that Napoleon favoured their champagne. However, everything that is makes Jacquesson relevant today began in 1974 when Côte des Blancs winegrower Jean Chiquet acquired the brand and vineyards and moved the house to the township of Dizy. His sons Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet are the current caretakers of the House, which manages to cover 90% of its grape requirement from its own vineyards – stretching across some of the most famous sites in the Côte des Blancs; Grands Crus Aÿ, Avize and Oiry, and Premiers Crus Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Whilst the Cuvée No. 741 is classified non-vintage it is based on the 2013 vintage base wine. It’s complex, nuanced – Expect aromas of apple, brioche and red fruits, the soft bead contours the linear driving acidity and a host of toasty, resonant flavors give the 741 its distinctive feel.