Champagne Cuvée 741 Extra Brut
Jacquesson's vineyards, located in the northern end of the Côte des Blancs and in the Grande Vallée de la Marne, largely escaped the difficult rains coming at harvest in 2013 that affected other zones in the appellation (the Aube and northern part of the Montagne de Reims in particular).Cuvée 741 is based on 2013 and its quality may come as a surprise for those guided by vintage reports. This wine follows the immensely successful 740, based on 2012, and tasting the two wines side by side is fascinating--and a study in contrasts for anyone wanting to understand why Jacquesson abandoned the NV concept of consistency in favor of the 7-series. The wines share Jacquesson's hallmark breadth, complexity of flavor, and finesse, but the aromatic and flavor components differ markedly.The winter of 2013 was very cold and snowy, with spring and early summer staying cold and damp, causing coulure and millerandage as well as delaying the flowering. August and September, however, were warmer and drier, giving a late but excellent harvest. The Pinot Noir from Ay and Dizy and the Chardonnay from Avize were especially successful. Roughly 20% reserve wine was included in the blend.