Champagne Jacquart was founded in 1964 in Reims by a group of 18 grapegrowers. This group has since grown to approximately 1800 growers, who collectively own close to 2500 hectares (6177 acres) of vineyards. The wines are made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier; the house style is fresh and fruit-focused, without the influence of significant oak.
The house has access to grapes from Grand and Premier cru areas in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. The grapes are all handpicked and transferred to the Jacquart cellars where they are softly pressed. The juice is then fermented in vats before the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. The wines are bottled for the second fermentation and aged for at least three years on their lees before they are disgorged and released.
There are three ranges at Champagne Jacquart: the Mosaique, the vintage and the Alpha series. The non-vintage Mosaique collection is in reference to the mosaic of areas from which Jacquart source their grapes; within this collection are Brut, Extra Brut and Rosé expressions; Chardonnay is the dominant grape.
The varied origins of their Chardonnays are one of the key components of the Jacquart signature. This very singular 100% Chardonnay cuvée is the fruit of a blend of a variety of nuances, selected with lavish care and attention. That Chardonnay is drawn from 4 Grands and Premiers Crus in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims and 2 Grands and Premier Crus in the Marne Valley.
Made (obviously) using the traditional method, the Blancs de Blancs spends 5-6 years maturing on its lees, giving the Champagne its unique character and complexity.
The Champagne wine region suffered in 2012 from numerous adverse weather events, with winter and spring frosts, rain during flowering and cool temperatures lasting into July. Despite this, warm, sunny days with frequent wind and cool nights in August enabled Jacquart to harvest superb, albeit small clusters. The resultant must (then wines) showed impeccable balance and substantial ageing potential.
A seductive nose, full of finesse, with the fragrance of acacia flowers, rose petals and lime blossom. A few minutes airing allows notes of preserved lemon, almond milk, fresh hazelnut, brioche and pear compote to develop. Fresh and supple with beautifully creamy, soft effervescence, this is a mouth-filling champagne with a chalky minerality and pronounced aromas of Mirabel plums and herbs such as coriander and anise. The finish is lingering, concentrated, full, sensual and mouthwateringly saline.
Dosage: 6g/litre (ie on the margin between Brut and Extra Brut).
ABV = 12.0%.