The 744 is the new release for Jacquesson's 2021 'Programme' as they call it. 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 744. The base vintage here is from 2016 and contains grapes sourced from Aÿ, Dizy, Hautvillers, Avize, and Oiry, along with a splash of one of the oldest reserve wine collections in Champagne that has been used for over 700 Cuvees. The 744 is a Pinot Noir (35%) and Pinot Meunier (20%) dominant blend with the balance being Chardonnay (45%) and has a very low dosage, at less than a gram per liter which lets the purity of fruit shine through. Jacquesson specified that the Pinot's for the 744 was excellent in 2016 and are the stars of this Cuvee. Jacquessons numbered Cuvee's offer the best glimpse into the consistency and style of the House while being striking examples of fine Champagne from the Marne Valley. A favorite of critics like John Gilman, who typically scores this high, we have excellent pricing here on some of the only bottles available in the USA right now.