Jacquesson Cuvée No. 744 Magnum (1.5 Litre)

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Radically reconceptualising the idea of non-vintage champagne, the Chiquet brothers’ 700 series champagnes are best enjoyed and treated as vintage cuvées. Based on the 2016 harvest, Cuvée No. 744 is composed of 55% Pinot noir and Meunier (from Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers in the Vallée de la Marne) and 45% Chardonnay (from Avize and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs) blended with a small proportion of reserve wine that seeks to bolster rather than conceal the character of the base vintage.

Practising mostly organically, each parcel is fermented separately and vinified in large wooden casks to promote complexity. Additionally, only juice from the first pressing is ever used, reflecting the brothers’ prioritisation of quality over quantity.

Disgorged in February 2021 and finished with a very low dosage of 0.75 g/L, Cuvée No. 744 was neither fined nor filtered.

The flavours travel long and magnificent, flowing with vivacious energy before voyaging deeper on the palate, broad and full-bodied. Cream and citrus spill over a horizon of flavour as notes of nashi pear, guava, blueberry and toast linger, supported by a fresh line of acidity and a hint of pandan. Showing clear intent and precision, saline minerality defines the pure, chiselled finish, completing a champagne odyssey of mythic proportions—one that is completely befitting of such a legendary series.

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