Rated four stars by Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate, the same as Billecart Salmon, Jacquesson and Perrier Jouet. Leading French wine magazine La Revue du Vin de France agrees with Parker’s assessment, last year ranking Ployez-Jacquemart 14th of all champagne houses -- the only boutique producer in the top 25.
The magazine said: “With a blanc de blancs at the helm that is superb in its complexity and depth, the champagnes from this house are highly recommended. Thanks to a very discreet dosage and a long ageing in bottle before they are sold, the wines combine purity and richness. The Brut Extra Quality deserves its name. Very much marked by pinot, it is champagne that is rich and creamy. The Cuvée Liesse d'Harbonville, showing more chardonnay character and vinified in oak casks, is in full blossom and of a beautiful precision.”
The hallmark of champagnes from Ployez-Jacquemart in the village of Ludes is brilliant fruit that doesn’t need much dosage. They are tight, lean, and elegant and show great finesse from an extra-long maturation on lees in deep, cold cellars. Ployez-Jacquemart is a family-run champagne house, established in 1930 by the husband and wife team of Marcel Ployez and Yvonne Jacquemart. The winemaker now is their granddaughter, Laurence Ployez. Intense pride in her product and heritage are the cornerstones of a traditional approach to champagne production.
Ployez-Jacquemart has predominantly pinot noir and pinot meunier vineyards in the grand and premier cru villages of Ludes and Mailly-Champagne. Longstanding relationships with a handful of carefully selected growers, primarily in grand cru chardonnay villages, helps improve the assemblage and ensure consistency. All grapes are handpicked and sorted by variety, cru and vineyard. Only the juice from a light first pressing is used. The second pressing is sold to other houses. Laurence’s meticulous attention to detail is evident at every stage of the process. The wine is moved frequently from one vat to another to ensure a high level of oxygenation, which seems to ensure longevity in bottle.
The variety and quality of the grapes resulted in a beautiful vintage blend of 60% red grapes and 40% white grapes. Fine mousse with a golden yellow colour. The nose is mature, with hints of honey, spices and coffee. On the palate it remains fresh and exciting. Fabulous potential.
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