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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Vegan|
The name Jacquesson does have a 200-year association with quality Champagne, but that does not stop the current generation of Jacquesson winemakers from relentlessly pursuing innovation and excellence. Brothers Laurent and Jean-Hervé Chiquet have revolutionized the estate since taking over from their father, Jean, in 1988. They have reduced yield, eliminated the use of herbicides, and never hesitated to change course when the quality of their wines did not live up to their standards. One result of their experimentation, and proof of their iconoclastic approach, is the move away from the vintage/non-vintage labeling convention used by most Champagne producers. Instead of promising a consistent non-vintage product from year to year, Jacquesson has instituted a more flexible system of unique numbered cuvées. The first, number 728 (the continuation of an in-house numbering system dating to 1898) was based on the 2000 vintage. This cuvée, No. 743, draws primarily from the 2015 harvest and consists of 60% pinot noir and meunier from the villages of Aÿ, Dizy, and Hautvilliers, with 40% chardonnay from Avize and Oiry. The Jacquesson tendency has been toward lower dosages: here the dosage is in fact zero. In addition to toasted brioche at the beginning and sleek minerality at the end, this cuvée highlights flavors of apple and pear. Though wonderful now, this is a Champagne that will improve even further with age. Sustainably grown, vegan.