Andre Jacquart


Andre Jacquart Les Mesnil Experience|Brut Nature|NV

Winemaking

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented No Malo-lactic Fermentation Aged 5 Years on Lees

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Vertus

Vertus

What to expect


This is a Blanc de Blancs with all the fruit being sourced from the Grand Cru village of Les Mesnil Sur Oger. According to winemaker Marie Doyard who visited the Emperor HQ in October 2017, confirms there is approximately 60-70% Les Chetillons in this Cuveé which is one of the most prized vineyards in this village. The vines are an average of 70 years of age, which adds immediate depth of flavour and character. Combine this with the base wine coming from the excellent 2008 vintage as well as 20% reserve wines, a minimum of 5 years aged on lees, 100% fermentation in Burgundy barrels, no malo-lactic fermentation and Zero dosage and the result is something quite magnificent.

Expect a whirlwind of complexity and tension with notes of pear, lemon peel, a minty-herbal element and ever-present minerality coming through on the palate. The wine benefits from being open for a few hours to allow some oxygen through it. If you can, save half a bottle or so and see how different it is after a few hours. The aromatics opened up and the wine tasted even better.

$159.99

Club Price $151.05 (?)

Winemaking

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented No Malo-lactic Fermentation Aged 5 Years on Lees

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

What to expect


This is a Blanc de Blancs with all the fruit being sourced from the Grand Cru village of Les Mesnil Sur Oger. According to winemaker Marie Doyard who visited the Emperor HQ in October 2017, confirms there is approximately 60-70% Les Chetillons in this Cuveé which is one of the most prized vineyards in this village. The vines are an average of 70 years of age, which adds immediate depth of flavour and character. Combine this with the base wine coming from the excellent 2008 vintage as well as 20% reserve wines, a minimum of 5 years aged on lees, 100% fermentation in Burgundy barrels, no malo-lactic fermentation and Zero dosage and the result is something quite magnificent.

Expect a whirlwind of complexity and tension with notes of pear, lemon peel, a minty-herbal element and ever-present minerality coming through on the palate. The wine benefits from being open for a few hours to allow some oxygen through it. If you can, save half a bottle or so and see how different it is after a few hours. The aromatics opened up and the wine tasted even better.

About the house

About the house


Food pairing

Champagne André Jacquart was established in 1958 but essentially reborn in 2004 with the arrival of the fifth generation of the family to take the reins. The original champagnes made by André Jacquart built a reputation for outstanding value but today with granddaughter Marie Doyard at the helm, the philosophy is to produce the best possible wines from their suite of well-sited family vineyards. The family’s holdings total 24 hectares predominantly, across 200 different parcels, in Le Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru with the balance in Vertus Premier Cru. Only the best sites are used for the André Jacquart label. In the cellar a high proportion of used barrels from Burgundy are combined with very long lees aging to produce an outstanding effect. The versatile range of André Jacquart champagnes represents some of the finest from the Côte de Blancs today. Rich yet fine and elegant; powerful yet precise. They are the perfect blend of pure Chardonnay fruit, Côte de Blancs chalky minerality, long lees aging, oak and secondary complexity. They are delicious now but are endowed with the depth and structure to live a long time.

Food pairing


After talking with Marie Doyard and import representative Zoe, they enjoyed a Kingfish Ceviche with dill and buttermilk. “The dill brings out those herbaceous notes in the wine and the taught acidity and mineral drive was just superb with the luscious buttermilk and raw fish.” – Zoe Ladyman