Everything is done with great attention to detail, including traditional pressing methods and fermentation and storage of reserves in oak. The style throughout the range is one of intricacy and finesse, built on relatively complex blends; the wines age well. Perfection is the modestly titled Brut non-vintage, a wine with more concentration than most of its rivals (though some way short of its name); the company begins to approach perfection with the best of its Signature vintage range (like the complete and stately 1990 or the arrestingly intense 1988) and with its Degorgement Tardif series of late releases. The labels are as elegant and refined as the wines (which is surprisingly rare in Champagne). Andrew Jefford – The New France
In Champagne, one of the most northerly of wine growing regions, the concept of a consistent tasting non-vintage cuvée was developed as it can help a producer disguise any problems caused by a difficult growing season; however, this also means that in great years the better qualities in the raw materials that are available to the winemaker have to be sacrificed in order to maintain a House blend. At Jacquesson, we were not happy with this state of affairs and several years ago we decided to cease making non-vintage cuvées that aimed for the same taste from year to year. Thanks to the quality of our terroirs, all Premiers and Grands Crus from La Grande Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, thanks to our traditionalistic viticulture where we completely eschew the use of herbicides, and thanks to our using only the cuvée from each pressing, but also because we have absolutely no hesitation, in difficult vintages, in rejecting juice which doesn’t meet our standards, our non-vintage wines retain the best of every harvest and we are able to say that they faithfully reflect the characteristics of the base vintage whilst benefiting from the addition of some vins de réserve.
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.
57% chardonnay, 21% pinot noir and 22% pinot meunier, its base year of 2011 contributing 69%, reserve wines 31% – all detailed on the back label. Given the very wet ’11 vintage, this has no business being as good as it is. Its almond, citrus and minerally notes have extreme length, as unexpected as it is welcome. Rating: 94 Points; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
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