Voted the third best of all Champagne Houses (after Bollinger and Krug) in 2005 La Revue Des Vins De France, Jacquesson has really come of age. Based in the evocatively named town of Dizy, just to the north of Epernay, the House is run by the Chiquet brothers (cousins of our own Gaston Chiquet). The brothers are long-term advocates of the modish philosophy of zero dosage: this is put to the test in extremis with the equally modish move to release late disgorged cuvées: the juxtaposition of minimal sugar and extended lees ageing has produced these, some of the purest and most poised of all Champagnes, showing at their very best in magnum of course! The house philosophy of releasing a clearly categorised Brut NV persists therefore, somewhat at odds with the historical precedent in the region which deliberately declines specifically to equate a batch with a certain vintage. Jacquesson's policy of so doing, albeit tangentially, is both a reflection of their adherence to the values of terroir and vintage diversity and a self-belief which over-rides any of the specific anxieties felt by the Champenois in relation to the conditions at a specific harvest.
These are very serious Champagnes with an emphasis on minerality and complexity of fruit. The wines have significant gravitas, are good food companions and age beautifully. The wines were vinified in casks, on the lees, with regular bâtonnage and were blended to produce Cuvée n° 737. 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. With Avize and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs, and Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers in the Grande Vallée de la Marne, our Cuvée consists entirely of Grands and Premiers Crus and comprises of 43% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. Cuvée n° 737 underwent no filtration at all.