Champagne Cuvee 734 Degorgement Tardif

Since Jacquesson has moved to the philosophy of only releasing the 7-series wine every year, they decided to hold some back each year for an extended aging period on the lees and to release this wine as 'dégorgement tardif'. The 734 is based on the 2006 vintage.

The 2006 growing season saw a cold and snowy winter, a mild but stormy spring, a summer that was very warm to start with but which finished cold and rainy. It was necessary to sort quite strictly but the Chardonnays were very fine and the Pinots vinous and powerful. The blend was 54% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 26% Pinot Meunier with reserve wines comprising 27% of the whole.

The total release of the 734 DT is 15,435 bottles and 757 magnums, kept on their lees for more than seven years before disgorgement in October 2014.

90 points
"Jacquesson's Cuvée 734 Degorgement Tardif is a pretty wine best enjoyed over the next few years because of its mid-weight structure and approachable personality. Dried pear, honey, wild flowers and spices open up over time, but the 734 remains relatively straightforward with good overall balance, but less in the way of complexity than some of the very finest wines that have emerged from this cellar in recent years. The blend is 54% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, based on the 2006 vintage, plus the addition of 27% reserve wines. Disgorged October 2014. Dosage was 3.5 grams/liter."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, July 2015