Champagne is the best wine for Thanksgiving and Jacquesson is the perfect Champagne for social distancing- Special SALE on this iconic Champagne Brand but only bottles available on most of these!!
"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne."
John Maynard Keynes, American writer (1883 - 1946).
I will not have that regret in my end of days even if I die tomorrow but I did waited entirely too long to make my first trip to Champagne and earlier this year was only my second journey. Once again it was a revelation and I look forward to going back as soon as things get back to normal as it is now my favorite place in the wine world to visit… as you know Champagne is my favorite wine.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Vintage Burgundy Wine Tasting featuring DRC and Leroy. We only have 10 seats for this event and right now all are spoken for. Two of the most sought-after wines in Burgundy and we have some incredible older vintage wines on the table tonight. We have one seat available for this event!!
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Vintage Madeira Wine Tasting back to 1846 with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner. Madeira is the longest lived of all the wines in the world and these are some of these could be the last bottles that on Earth. We almost always have to host this event twice with the same bottles and Madeira is the only wine that you can keep open for months and it just gets better and better. So look for the second tasting of this group of wines in January if you miss this one you don’t want to miss it a second time.
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Gaja Barbaresco and White Truffle Wine Tasting with Special Guest Dr. Robert Maliner. Time is short winter is here and this is the last event with our good friend Dr Bob for 2020! Unfortunately, it is already SOLD OUT!!
Since we are not hosting our annual Champagne tasting this year we will be sending out a bunch of Champagne offerings this month so you have an opportunity to buy some of the top wines from the world’s premier sparkling wine producing region.
Jacquesson are one of the more under-the-radar Champagne houses but among the cognoscenti they are considered one the best. In fact, in 2005 top French wine magazine, La Revue Des Vins De France, voted them third best after Bollinger and Krug. Unusually for a Champagne house, they provide lots of information on the back label about vineyards, grape varieties and disgorgement dates.
And what is the perfect wine to have with your Turkey this Thanksgiving? Champagne!!
Jacquesson Champagne – One of the Cult Wines of Champagne
NV Jacquesson Cuvee 743 Extra Brut Champagne
Price: $96.00 Your Price: $84.48 Quantity in Stock: 11
Our harvest from Ay, Dizy and Hautvillers (60%) Avize and Oiry (40%). Winter and a large part of spring were mild and wet. There followed a period of dry weather with spells of high temperatures which lasted until mid-August. The growing season ended with alternating periods of cool humidity and dry heat. Picking started on 10 September and ended on the last day of the month. The harvest was very homogenous and produced perfectly ripe and healthy grapes, in reasonable quantities, with a sufficient level of acidity. So, a splendid vintage. Some reserve wines complete the blend.
NV Jacquesson Cuvee 738 Degorgement Tardif Brut Champagne
Price: $158.25 Your Price: $139.26 Quantity in Stock: 11
NV Jacquesson Cuvee 738 Degorgement Tardif Brut Champagne MAGNUM
Price: $315.00 Your Price: $277.20 Quantity in Stock: 3
Winter and spring were cold and dry, the first part of the summer was fine but the end of the season was cooler and showery. After sorting, the harvest was perfectly satisfactory resulting in elegant wines, fine and fresh, with the chardonnays to the fore. Picking was from 14 to27 September.
2010 was rather a difficult year: winter and spring were cold and dry, early summer was relatively fine but the end of the season was cool and wet. Aft er sorting, the grapes presented were in good condition and produced fine, elegant, fresh wines especially in the Chardonnays. The final blend was 61% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir and 21% Pinot Meunier with reserve wines 33% of the total.
The wines were on the lees for 96 months under cork. 14,910 bottles and 741 magnums underwent their late disgorgement in June 2019.Dosage: 0.75 g/l
NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 741 Extra Brut MAGNUM
Price: $224.00 Your Price: $197.12 Quantity in Stock: 2
Cuvée 741 is based on the 2013 vintage, and is made with 57% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Meunier and 21% Pinot Noir. It's an Extra Brut, which makes it very much the sort of Champagne to drink with food such as shellfish.
NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 742 Extra Brut MAGNUM
Price: $224.00 Your Price: $197.12 Quantity in Stock: 2
2014, our harvest from Aÿ, Dizy & Hautvillers (59%), and from Avize & Oiry (41%). Winter
was rainy and exceptionally mild, spring was hot and very dry, whilst July and August were
cool and very wet. A hot, dry and sunny September saved the year. Th e balance of alcohol and
acidity was excellent and the health of the grapes was generally good. However, aft er picking,
rigorous sorting of some parcels affected by small sources of acid rot was necessary. As a result,
the Chardonnays were superb, and the Meuniers, but above all the Pinot Noirs, held their own.
The blend is completed with the addition of some reserve wines. 222,044 bottles, 9,902 magnums and 300 jeroboams were produced. Dosage: 1.5 gr/l.
NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 743 Extra Brut MAGNUM
Price: $234.00 Your Price: $205.92 Quantity in Stock: 3
The 700 Series The wines from dozens of parcels from the same vintage are rounded bu the addition of several wines from preceding years, the vins de reserve, which have been kept in tank for this purpose. Our intention is to retain the best characteristics of each harvest and not to disguise the variations that each year brings. The cuvees are numbered in order to identify them and to emphasize and acknowledge that each has its own personality.
our harvest from Ay, Dizy and Hautvillers (60%) Avize and Oiry (40%). Winter and a large part of spring were mild and wet. There followed a period of dry weather with spells of high temperatures which lasted until mid-August. The growing season ended with alternating periods of cool humidity and dry heat. Picking started on 10 September and ended on the last day of the month. The harvest was very homogenous and produced perfectly ripe and healthy grapes, in reasonable quantities, with a sufficient level of acidity. So, a splendid vintage. Some reserve wines complete the blend.
2009 Champagne Jacquesson Brut Aÿ Vauzelle Terme
Price: $330.00 Your Price: $290.40 Quantity in Stock: 9
The site is mid-slope facing due south; alluvial calcareous top soil over blocks of Campanian chalk. Planted to Pinot Noir with 2,500 vines over 0.3 hectare in 1980. Cordon de Royat pruning.
2009 - Winter was cold and dry, while the spring was mild but very rainy, creating the perfect environment for mildew. Fortunately, the summer was hot and dry and the weather at the end of the growing season was magnificent. The grapes were in superb condition with levels of maturity and ripeness that were comparable to 2002.The dreams of a great vintage were fully realized
2009 Champagne Jacquesson Brut Avize Champ Caïn
Price: $325.00 Your Price: $286.00 Quantity in Stock: 12
Situated at the bottom of the slope facing due south; calcareous soil of clayey, sandy, silty structure over blocks of Campagnian chalk. Planted to Chardonnay with 12,000 vines over 1.3 hectares in 1962.Chablis pruning.
2009 Vintage - Winter was cold and dry, while the spring was mild but very rainy, creating the perfect environment for mildew. Fortunately, the summer was hot and dry and the weather at the end of the growing season was magnificent. The grapes were in superb condition with levels of maturity and ripeness that were comparable to 2002.The dreams of a great vintage were fully realized.
2009 Champagne Jacquesson Dizy Corne Bautray Brut
Price: $297.00 Your Price: $261.36 Quantity in Stock: 11
It’s the ties that bind. The ties that bind the present to the past. The ties that bind the roots to the earth. The ties that bind the vines to the sky and the ties that bind men to the land allowing them to follow their dreams and their convictions. It is also a constant quest, year on year, to seek to reveal the full expression of their terroirs, to make the best wine that each vintage allows.
25 Questions and Answers about Jacquesson Champagne
1 - WHERE ARE YOUR VINES?
Our land holdings are in two main areas, the Grande Vallée de la Marne and in the Côte des Blancs. In the Grande Vallée de la Marne we have vines in Aÿ, a Grand Cru, and Dizy and Hautvillers both Premiers Crus; the vineyards are mostly sloping, facing east, south or south-west where the chalk lies at varying depths below the soil. We also have holdings in two Grand Crus in the Côte des Blancs, Avize and Oiry; there our parcels face due south, with chalk showing on the surface.
2 - SO, JACQUESSON’S WINES ALL COME FROM THESE VINEYARDS?
Not quite. We still buy some grapes but, with the Domaine providing 80% of our needs, our purchases are limited. However, our suppliers are all neighbors in the same Crus which allows us to control the husbandry of the vines whose production we are buying and, most importantly, to deliver the grapes to our presses.
" ...terroir, even great terroir, is worth nothing unless properly looked after. "
3 - YOU SPEAK OF GRANDS CRUS AND PREMIERS CRUS; IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Very. The quality of the wines is directly linked to the provenance of the grapes; however, terroir, even great terroir, is worth nothing unless properly looked after. Our vineyard workers are the most important members of our team. Nothing would be possible without the involvement of Bertrand, Raynald, Rémi and Alexandre in Avize and Sylvain, Didier, Christophe, Eric, Laurent and Jérome in Dizy.
4 - HOW DOES ONE DEFINE TERROIR?
There is no doubt that it is easier to uncover the essence of terroir in the glass than it is to give a scientific explanation because terroir has a direct influence on the character of a wine. Perhaps an explanation could be that it is a site which influences the wine that is produced from it through the composition of its soil and sub-soil, together with the climate that governs it. The distinctive characteristic of the great terroirs of Champagne is linked to the thick pedestal of campanian chalk, up to hundreds of meters thick, on which our topsoil sits and to our semi-continental climate, yet where the average temperature is only 10 degrees centigrade.
5 - YOU TALK OF TERROIR AND CLIMATE. SURELY HOW YOU HUSBAND YOUR VINES PLAYS A VITAL ROLE?
Indeed. We use traditional growing techniques with litt le or no soil enrichment, the soil is ploughed or sewn to grass, we short prune, most treatments are organic…. Above all, we seek to hold back the vigor of our vines in order to allow them to reveal the diversity of the parcels of land on which they are growing and to show the influence of the minerals in the soil on the fruit.
" ...reveal the diversity of the parcels of land on which they are growing and to show the influence of the minerals in the soil on the fruit. "
6 - WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN YOUR GRAPES AT HARVEST?
Maturity, above all. Nearly all of the Premiers and Grands Crus of Champagne are above 49 Degrees north and at this level the lack of acidity is not our principal concern! With the vigor of the vines kept under control, a reasonable yield, grapes delivered in a healthy condition thanks to good foliage canopy management should give us the desired result.
7 - HOW IMPORTANT IS THE PROCESS OF PRESSING YOUR GRAPES?
It is of vital importance. With the larger proportion of white wines being made from red grapes, we have to avoid maceration and coloring our raw juice. In add it ion, our northerly latitude means that our stems and pips do not have the maturity that you get in more temperate climes; this solid matter should thus remain intact in order to avoid creating the undesirable tannins and bitterness which would result from being pressed. So we remain wedded to traditional vertical, basket, pressing where the movement of the grapes in the process is kept to a minimum, thus allowing them to remain intact for longer during extraction so that there is less color in the juice and fewer tannins. In fact, we attach such importance to this stage that we restrict our purchases only to the same Crus where we hold vineyards, allowing us to press 100% of the grapes that we use.
8 - WHY IS THAT?
Keeping the grapes intact means that precautions have to be taken. The appellation rules stipulate that grapes have to be picked by hand and encourage pressing as close as possible to the vineyards. When we used to buy grapes from outside our Crus, pressing would take place there and we would only receive the juice, over which we had had no quality control. Thus we progressively cut out this practice in the early 2000s.
" ....not filtered, nor fined; clarification happens naturally. "
9 - WHAT HAPPENS TO THE JUICE AFTER PRESSING?
You mean, what happens to the juices? It all depends on the quality. We never use the tailles, the second pressing, which are sold elsewhere. Sometimes we even sell first press juice if we consider that the quality is not good enough, in difficult years for example. The juices that we keep are allowed to settle naturally, using only gravity, at the ambient temperature. Of course, we never chaptalize our wines.
10 - YOU CARRY OUT THE VINIFICATION IN OAK CASKS. WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR THIS?
Because oak is the only material which allows wine to breathe and because old casks do not transmit the aromas you get from new wood. We also use demi-muids, or 500 litre casks, but only in case of overage or for stocking some reserve wines.
11 - WHAT DO YOU DO DURING VINIFICATION?
Very little. We seek to accompany the wine on its journey. Aft er fermentation, which lasts three or four months, we do not rack the wine but rather leave it to be nourished by its lees. The lees are stirred on a weekly basis, the wines are not cold stabilized, nor filtered, norfined; clarification happens naturally.
12 - WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Not much until bottling. We give the wines a good long time in cask and they are bottled quite late, in July for the Single Vineyards, and after the following vintage for the Cuvée 700.
13 - WHAT IS THE CUVÉE 700 AND WHY THE ODD NAME?
Our Cuvée 700 is the only blended wine we produce; it is meant to be the expression of a year and thus each year offers a different identity which we recognize by numbering the cuvée.
" Our Cuvée 700 is the only blended wine we produce; it is meant to be the expression of a year... "
14 - HOW DO THE CUVÉES 700 DIFFER FROM THE “NON-VINTAGE” CHAMPAGNES THAT ONE SEES EVERYWHERE?
The Cuvée 700 concept is unique in Champagne and is the opposite of a non-vintage wine! We seek excellence rather than homogeneity, respect for the character of the vintage rather than its denial, and the preference to strive to produce a great wine rather than maintain a “house style”. The addition of reserve wines is designed to reinforce the complexity of the wine without hiding the character of the base year. Once we had set out on this path, it quickly became apparent to us that we could not also make a blended vintage wine because this could only harm the quality and purity of the Cuvée 700.
15 - AND WHY 700?
The Cuvée 700 is a blend of several years and is not allowed to be identified by one of the years involved; logically, it needed to be identified by a number and instead of inventing any old number we decided to give the wine the production number that the Cuvée had in our cellar book. Cuvée n° 1 had been made in 1898 by the House to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Thus it was, with Cuvée n° 728, based on the 2000 vintage, that our adventure began.
16 - WHAT ARE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CUVÉE 700?
It comes from our three Grands Crus and two Premiers Crus, using only the first pressings, is vinified in oak casks and is nearly always unfiltered. It is thus, above all, a Grand Vin de Champagne. It has the potential to age for a remarkably long time which is why we offer it at two different stages of maturity.
17 - TWO DIFFERENT STAGES?
Indeed. During the early years of its life, the secondary fermentation in bottles of champagne allows them to develop their effervescence at the same time benefitting from a slow maturing on the lees; with Cuvée 700, this means over a period of four years. If you then allow the period of ageing and maturing to go beyond these first three or four years, the wines develop tertiary aromas allied with the freshness conserved by ageing in an environment where there is only the very slightest oxidization; thus you have Cuvée 700 Dégorgement Tardif (Late Disgorged), aged for nine years before release.
18 - ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN A CUVÉE 700 AND THE SAME WINE AS A D.T. WHEN YOU TASTE THEM?
Sure, since they are the same wine. However, they will have aged under completely different conditions and, on tasting, the wines will be very different. The Cuvée 700 disgorgement takes place between three and a half and four and a half years after the harvest of the base vintage, while the disgorgement of the Cuvée 700 D.T. will have taken place four years later; thus we have approximately doubled the time of ageing on the lees and delayed the oxidative shock of disgorgement by the same amount. In the glass the Cuvée 700 D.T. is superior: the wine has matured a lot but evolved very little, it has gained complexity without ageing in any other way.
" ...Cuvée 700 D.T. aged for nine years before release.... "
19 - AND WHAT IS THE AGEING POTENTIAL OF THESE TWO WINES?
The quality of the base elements of the Cuvée 700 wines allows them to have exceptional propensity to age, D.T. or not. But the Cuvée 700 D.T. will have the advantage even if it will fade over the years: spectacular today, still noteworthy after ten years, no doubt it will be more discreet in twenty years’ time.
20 - YOU HAVE MENTIONED OTHER WINES THAT YOU CALL SINGLE VINEYARD WINES. WHAT ARE THESE?
Promoting a specific terroir is in Jacquesson’s DNA. Well before we became involved, the de Tassigny family (which revived the House’s fortunes in 1925 before passing it on to our father some 50 years later) produced a Blanc de Blancs d’Avize; this wine was called the BB and did much to increase the reputation of the House at the time. As for us, we are above all wine growers and we very quickly concentrated all our efforts to improve our vineyard practices. This was a sort of rediscovery of our terroirs and certain parcels revealed such typicity that we decided to bottle them separately. But not every year and certainly not at any price! In fact, two conditions are necessary to permit the production of a Single Vineyard wine. First, the quality of the vintage must allow the full expression of the character of each terroir; second, the Cuvée 700 takes priority and the Single Vineyards will not be bott led to the detriment of the quality of that wine. For example, Cuvée n° 739 benefitted enormously from the inclusion of the magnificent Dizy Corne Bautray 2011 which was thus not bottled and whose potential can only be remembered fondly by those of us who tasted it as a still wine.
21 - ARE THE SINGLE VINEYARD WINES HANDLED ANY DIFFERENTLY TO THE CUVÉE 700?
Not at all. From vine to bottle, the process is exactly the same. The Single Vineyards are not treated any better than the Cuvée 700 or, perhaps we should say, the Cuvée 700 is not worse treated than the Single Vineyards.
22 - IT MUST BE FASCINATING TO TASTE THE FOUR SINGLE VINEYARDS FROM ONE VINTAGE IN PARALLEL.
It’s more than interesting! It’s one of the only opportunities available in Champagne to compare so precisely wines from different terroirs as they mature, the precision of one, the voluptuousness of another, the minerality of a third, the power of the last.
23 - SO, FOUR SINGLE VINEYARDS, THE CUVÉE 700 AND THE CUVÉE 700 D.T. ALL THIS IS PRETTY UNCONVENTIONAL. WHEN DID ALL THIS HAPPEN?
Our wines today are the result of the considerable improvements made in our all our working practices since 1988 when we took over the management of Jacquesson. Since nearly everything else had changed, the wines could not remain the same. However, the changes to the wines happened in a very short period, between 2000 and 2002. In 2000 it was the creation of the Cuvée 700, with Cuvée n° 728, while 2002 saw the arrival of a range of four single vineyards and the last Vintage blend, a wine which was incompatible with the concept of the Cuvée 700. Of course, all these changes took a long time to filter through to the market: the ageing of our wines is not something we can hurry! So, while Cuvée n° 728 was released at the end of 2003, wine lovers had to wait till 2011 to greet our Single Vineyard wines and it was only in the autumn of 2014 that the first Cuvée 700 D.T. was available.
24 - YOU SPEAK MORE OF “WINE” RATHER THAN “CHAMPAGNE”?
That’s true but, remember, Champagne is above all a great wine coming from exceptional terroirs and one whose complexity stands proud with the best wines in the world. The bubbles make up a certain part of its charm but they are not the be all and end all: a minor wine will always be a minor wine, bubbles or not. At Jacquesson, our ambition is to make great wines…
25 - IS THERE A “JACQUESSON STYLE”?
No doubt there is but this is not something that is done intentionally. We do not seek to have any continuity in style from one year to the next but this seems to appear naturally: it is linked to the quality of our raw material, the typicity of our terroirs and our subjectivity. Some people say that the Jacquesson style is nothing more than the taste of the Chiquet brothers. And they wouldn’t be wrong!
Some people say that the Jacquesson style is nothing more than the taste of the Chiquet brothers.
And they wouldn’t be wrong!