Sunday, March 31, 2013

Champagne Jacquesson Cuvee 736 Extra-Brut

Jacquesson is another big champagne house but rarely found in Thailand. Jacquesson Cuvee 736 is the latest release from the 700 series which is based mainly from 2008 harvest with some blend of 2007 and 2006. Well, let's see how it went.

Date of Tasting: 16 March 2013
Wine Type: Sparkling White
Grape Varieties: 53% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12%
Origin: Champagne, France
Appellation: Champagne
Expect to Pay: THB1,500 – 2,500 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 89/100
Value for money: 6/10
Professional Rating: WA - 90-92/100

Appearance: pale golden yellow
Aroma: fresh citrus and flowers but rather mute
Palate: light and pure limestone with power of sea breeze, intense energy and power, rather fat bubbles but excellent acidity, very dry but easy to drink, still lack of complexity and dimensions

Perhaps this is the style of champagne I truly enjoy, unlike the great Dom Perignon 2003. Big and power but not elegant and classic. Though Champagne Jacquesson 736 may be ready to be consumed now, I would personally let it lay down and develop for a couple of years to show its true potential and let the fat bubbles fade away before enjoy it during the next decade.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound

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