Classy concentration immediately apparently on the nose. Lovely lacy texture but with density underneath. This is very smart stuff. Just a pleasure to drink now with great balance. Maybe not amazing persistence but I challenge anyone not to enjoy this.
The Wine Front
Fragrant, complex, detailed wine of fruit, spice and yeast-derived complexity. Opens with a pretty almost floral perfume with candied citrus, light honey and fresh brioche scents. The palate is likewise pretty, delicate citrusy flavours, some light marzipan notes, faint nuttiness and a brisk, tightly wound bead that fizzes long through the mouth. This feels high quality, delicious to drink.
Disgorged in June 2018 with 2.5 grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra Brut Cuvée No. 741 is based on the 2013 vintage. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of white flowers, fresh nectarine and peach, complemented by hints of warm biscuits and walnut oil, it's medium to full-bodied, vinous and concentrated, with a textural attack that gives way to a lively, focused core that's underpinned by a bright spine of acidity, concluding with a long and sapid finish. Complex, expressive and beautifully balanced, this is a superb wine from Jacquesson.
The Cuvée No. 741, based on the 2013 vintage, is quite pretty. Complex, nuanced and multi-dimensional in feel, the 741 is beautifully layered in the glass. In this release, the Pinot Noir is especially expressive and gives the wine a measure of textural breadth that is unusual for a young 700-series Champagne. Soft contours and a host of toasty, resonant flavors give the 741 its distinctive feel. Best of all, the 741 will drink well upon release. Disgorged June 2017. Dosage is 2.5 grams per litre.
Punch, ‘The 25 Essential Wines of 2018’
In this era of grower Champagne, sometimes the work of great small Champagne houses gets overlooked—especially Jacquesson, which owns many of its own vineyards but doesn’t quite fit into either the négociant or grower world. The quality of their “non-vintage” wine is unwavering every year—particularly the 741, with its lighter, harmonious pinot noir flavors: cumin spice and ponzu, plus a lemongrass-like savory side and a touch of citric juiciness at the end. The wine is decisive evidence for the art of blending Champagne the old-fashioned way, even if that storyline isn’t as fashionable today.
The signature complexity and aromas of nutty red fruit and preserved yellow citrus make for a very complex and interesting NV style. The palate has a deeply flavorsome core of grapefruit and hazelnuts with a fullish texture and super fresh finish. Drink now.