The 743 is the new release for Jacquesson's 2020 'Programme' as they call it. Jacquesson is one of the oldest Champagne houses in Dizy, and for what its 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 743. The base vintage here is from 2015 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. The 743 is a Pinot Noir dominant blend with the balance being Chardonnay and has a very low dosage, around 2 g/l. 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.
John Gilman 93 points! "Jacquesson’s “Cuvée No. 743” non-vintage Extra Brut is from the base year of 2015. As the house these days prefers not to share the exact cépages of each wine, but rather which villages the fruit hails from, it includes this year sixty percent fruit from the villages of Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers and forty percent from Oiry. The vins clairs were barrel-fermented and aged in older foudres and the wine was disgorged in August of 2019 and received no dosage this year. It offers up a superb nose of white peach, apple, almond, a beautiful base of soil tones, brioche and just a whisper of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is bright, deep, full-bodied and complex, with excellent focus and grip, refined mousse and excellent precision on the long, classy finish. Even though this is non-dosé this year, the acids are beautifully buried in the wine and there is no need for any buffering from dosage. The Cuvée 743 is certainly approachable today, as it is so exquisitely balanced, but this is a wine built for the long haul and ideally, I would leave it alone in the cellar for at least another five to ten years. This is simply an outstanding rendition of this iconic cuvée from Jacquesson!"