Jacquesson isn’t a big name in Champagne in the USA market, but it is among the most highly respected houses among those who really know the category and aren’t fixated on the giant producers that continue to dominate in terms of restaurant placements and 4th quarter sales. Given that fact for starters, adding in the factor that this is a multi-vintage blend rather than a vintage dated wine amounts to a second strike against it, at least in commercial terms. And yet, two strikes mean exactly nothing when a home run is hit on the third pitch, and that’s precisely what this wine delivers from the glass. The aromas are highly detailed and intricate, showing ripe flavors from the 2009 vintage on which the blend was based, but a very low dosage of 3.5 grams per liter of sugar leaves the wine seeming fresh, taut, and highly energetic. Some deep bass notes, derived from reserve wines that were used to round out the blend, provide richness and complexity. All of this adds up to a wine that is marvelously complete and complex, indicating great blending skill as well as utilization of first rate raw materials. 95 Points Michael Franz, WineReviewOnline.com
2009 provides the backbone of the Cuvée; the reserve wines, comprising 30% of the final blend, come mainly from the great 2008 vintage to which we added some wines from the Cuvées n° 735 and 736 which we have kept back specially for this purpose. This Cuvée consists entirely of Grands and Premiers Crus and comprises of 43% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The Chardonnays were rich and structured, the Pinots Noirs full and long while the Pinots Meuniers were really exceptional with lots of precision and fruit. 2009 was, indeed, the great vintage we had hoped for, allying maturity and precision. Cuvée n° 737 underwent no filtration at all.