Fly Fishing

 

Nothing much to do with wine, but Fly Fishing is a grapecircus passion. #justsaying

 

The Catch
The Flies
The Patience

Jacquesson

Based in Dizy, to the north of Epernay, and founded in 1798, Jacquesson is the oldest independent Champagne house and reputedly a favourite of Napoleon. It is now without doubt one of the elite houses in Champagne. Biodynamic farming and minimal handling, along with low dosage and extended bottle ageing, result in powerful wines of naked purity and brilliance.

743

Cuvée 743

Base harvest 2015. 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 homogeneous 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.

Dosage: zero

 

quick facts

APPELLATION: Champagne AOP
STYLE: sparkling white
GRAPES: chardonnay, pinot meunier, pinot noir
FARMING: biodynamic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: oak and bottle
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 12%
CASE SIZE: 6

738-dt

Cuvée 738 Dégorgement Tardif

Based on 2010 vintage. 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 to 27 September.

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: 0.75g/l.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Champagne AOP
STYLE: sparkling white
GRAPES: chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier
FARMING: biodynamic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: oak and bottle
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 12%
CASE SIZE: 6

Jacquesson

Based in Dizy, to the north of Epernay, and founded in 1798, Jacquesson is the oldest independent Champagne house and reputedly a favourite of Napoleon. Beginning in the 1990s, current owners Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet embarked upon a terroir-based philosophy. It is now without doubt one of the elite houses in Champagne. Biodynamic farming and minimal handling, along with low dosage and extended bottle ageing, result in powerful wines of naked purity and brilliance.

In 2000, the production of a blended Brut NV ceased. In a region where consistency is prized above all else, Laurent and Jean-Hervé made a radical choice: expression of terroir over homogeneity. They chose to emphasise the qualities of each vintage by lowering the amount of reserve wines used in the blend. The result is the 700 series, beginning with Cuvée 728 in 2000. Based on a majority of chardonnay, with varying proportions of pinot noir and meunier, this wine accounts for about 95% of production. Small quantities of vintage single vineyard wines are made only in certain years.

About 80% of the vineyards are estate-owned. As vineyard sources essentially remain the same from year to year, coming from two premier cru and three grand cru-rated communes in the Côtes des Blancs and La Grande Vallée de la Marne, it is probably more accurate to view Cuvée 700 as a vineyard style rather than a house style.

Regardless of the ultimate bottling, all wines are treated the same. After gentle pressing, the free-run juice is fed by gravity to a series of stainless steel tanks for 24 hours of settling, then transferred to large, neutral oak casks for alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. Malolactic is never blocked, as sulphur additions are kept to a minimum. Instead a reductive environment is created with weekly lees stirring that also adds richness and texture to the wine. The wines are blended and bottled unfiltered after one year of ageing, with an additional 4 years on lees for the Cuvée 700 wines and 9 years for the Cuvée 700 Dégorgement Tardif. Dosage is in the extra-brut range of 1-6g per litre.