Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tasting Lunch With Wines From Jacquesson

I was invited by Vinovum to a lunch tasting where Jean-Hervé Chiquet, presenting wines from Jacquesson. I accepted of course!

Upon arriving we were given a glass of Champagne, poured from a magnum. It was
Cuvée 737
This is the present cuvée, the 738, see below, is to be released in November this year. I tasted this just two weeks ago, but I got more time with it now. The nose is fine, elegant and racy with notes of hyachint, yellow apples, flint and a cool dry caramel note. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and refined with notes of white currants, dried flowers, butter cookies and a fine, searing acidity. The finish is long and fone with a nice bitterness. This is very good and should evolve into something ever nicer with 3-5 years.
90p   (tasted 2014/09)

Cuvée 738
The new cuvée is young and fruity with notes of lemon peel, wet rocks, a cool grassy scent and some spunge cake. A bit juvenile but very good.
The taste is young, tight and fresh with notes of lemon and lime peel, chalk and a touch of chives. A high, fine acidity. This needs time, and it has potential but is a tad foursquare for now.
88p   (tasted 2014/09)

Cuvée 733
This late degorced beauty is fine and refined with notes of lemon cream, sea shells and freshly washed clothes. This has a very fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is a tad mature with a creamy character and fine notes of ripe yellow apples, gravel, some smoke and minerals. A long, fine finish with a high acidity. Very good and will surely survive for many years but will not get any better.
90p   (tasted 2014/09)

The next trio was an interesting one - three 2004 from three different villages.
2004 Dizy Corne Bautray
The Dizy shows a racy, elegant nose with notes of day old bread, warm stones, dry fudge and some cap gun smoke. Lively and interesting. Classy.
The taste is still young and tight with notes of ripe yellow apples, hyachint, wet rocks and butter cookies. A high, fine acidity. This is just reaching its drinking window, will keep for 10+ years.
92p   (tasted 2014/09)

2004 Avize Champ Cain
The gorgeous smoky, flinty scent that comes out of the glass is spine tingling. Together with additional aromas of spicy yellow fruit, warm grass, toasted bread and a pure after-the-rain note, makes this a must have bottle. Still young, this will need 5+ years to really unfold.
The taste is young, tight and refined with notes of hazel nuts, yellow apples, summer flowers and cold creme caramel. The finish is long, firm and aristocratic with a lovely cleansing acidity. Great wine!
94p   (tasted 2014/09)

2004 Ay Vauzelle Terme
The Ay is darker and warmer than the two previous wines, that displays scents of ripe red apples, gravel, smoke and a touch of leather. Deep, creamy and fine.
The taste is broad, ripe and warm with notes of red apples, red currants, sandelwood and gravel. A firm acidity that fnish the long aftertaste. Round and rewarding, this is for drinking now and 8+ years forward.
90p   (tasted 2014/09)

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