NV Michel Jacquot Brut Reserve Champagne, France (750ml)
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Michel Jacquot is a grower in the village of Arconville in the Côte des Bar, the southern-most part of the Champagne region of France. The vineyards are nestled in the countryside and surrounded by hills which are planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This location, far to the south of Epernay and Rheims, lends to the generosity of fruit that is not often found in wines from the Northern Districts.
Until 1860, the vineyards belonged to monks, including the Abbey of Clairvaux founded by Bernard of Clairvaux. It was later acquired by the Jacquot family. In 1911, the Côte des Bar winegrowers revolted following a new delimitation of the vineyards that excluded them from the Champagne appellation. Michel Jacquot, as well as all the surrounding vintners fought hard—even in the face of the French army—to finally return to the appellation. In 1960, Michel Jacquot took the family vineyards to a new level, planting more vines, after acquiring 5 more hectares and part of the vineyard of Ailleville Castle.
Since 2000, Guillaume has taken over the winemaking as well as the work in the vineyards. Guillaume is a young and very talented 32 year-old who comes from another Champagne house in the same region of Aube as his father who owns the Bernard Gaucher Champagne family vineyards. A “Grower Champagne", the NV Michel Jacquot Brut Réserve is made up of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the 2011 and 2010 vintages. The wine itself was fermented in old oak barrels with weekly bâtonnage and allowed to partially go through malolactic conversion before being aged on its lees for 24 months in bottle. It was disgorged in 2014 with a dosage of 10 grams/liter.
This wine has a pale gold color with inviting aromas of green apple and stone fruit. It is characterized as a classic of the House by its fruity freshness, and shows golden delicious apple, yellow plum and toasted hazelnut flavors. This lavish Champagne has very well-balanced acidity and texture. Great Value!