Jacquesson Cuvée 738 Brut 0,75
Jacquesson's Cuvée 738 comes across as powerful and rough around the edges, especially in the mousse, which is a bit grainy in texture. There is plenty of weight and depth through the mid-palate and finish, although a little less finesse than some other recent versions. Dried flowers, mint, honey and dried stone fruits wrap around the finish. This is an especially burly wine from Jacquesson. It will be interesting to see what more time in bottle brings. There is no shortage of power, but whether the wine develops a bit more finesse remains an open question at this stage. It's possible a little higher dosage might have softened the contours. The 738 is based on the 2010 vintage, with 33% reserve wines. The blend is 61% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Meunier and 18% Pinot Noir. Disgorged July 2014. Dosage is 2.5 grams/liter.
Jacquesson Cuvée 739 Brut 0,75
Robert Parker 92P
Jacquesson's soon to be released Cuvée 739 Extra-Brut is 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 liter. Medium-intense in its golden color, 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 flavors in the background. Full-bodied, lovely, pure and fresh on the palate, with nutty flavors and a 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.