The 746 is a blend of 43% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 27% Chardonnay, finished with a very low dosage, at less than a gram per liter which lets the purity of the fruit shine through. Jacquesson stated that 2018 started quite rainy and lasted through Spring but turned around in June, becoming fine and dry, resulting in a particularly early harvest that began on August 30th and finished on September 10th. Jacquesson noted that the vines were in perfect health, and the harvest was abundant with an excellent degree of ripeness and moderate acidity, with the resulting wines being particularly fine and elegant. This vintage has amazing potential, and if we have learned anything from Jacquesson over the years, it is that their numbered series has become incredibly consistent, and 746 is no exception. This has just been released, and we have a limited amount of the only bottles currently available in the USA.
Jacquesson is one of the oldest Champagne houses in Dizy and, for what it's worth, received a gold medal from Napoleon Bonaparte for the quality of their cellar some 200+ years ago. The Jacquesson name experienced a slight decline after the death of Adolphe Jacquesson, and it was not until Jean Chiquet bought it in 1974 that the name began to come back to its former glory. The Chiquet family revitalized the House, utilizing more Grand Cru grapes, oak barrels for complexity, and overall more scrutiny over the quality of the Champagne produced. Jacquesson now makes a new Cuvee every year, which they label sequentially with a number, this year's being 746. The base vintage here is from 2018 and contains grapes sourced from Aÿ, Dizy, Hautvillers (68%), Avize, and Oiry (32%), along with a splash of one of the oldest reserve wine collections in Champagne that has been used for over 700 Cuvees.