Stalwart of the co-operative body Alliance Champagne Group, Jacquart is a fairly well known house based in Reims, with ownership of 2400 hectares of vineyards. At the centre of its production are the Mosaique NV’s, featuring Brut, Extra Brut and Rose blends. At the other end of the scale are the Alpha vintages.
The house has taken some steps to ensure greater quality control, and is the recipient of the ISO standard 9001. The house’s Chef de Cave is a young Floriane Eznack who came across from Veuve Clicquot to try her hand at leading blends.
It’s wines are significantly chardonnay based with up to 50% used in the base and NV blends, and although more difficult to source than mainstream brands, it presents good value at $75 per bottle – about the same region as Veuve Clicquot and Pol Roger, although significantly higher than Laurent Perrier NV or Taittinger NV.
As per a great many champagnes in this price range, all Champagnes from Jacquart sit in the cellar for at least 3 years for second fermentation, to extract more character in maturation.
Lets see how it stacks up to the more mainstream houses…
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$75 a bottle available from Vintage Cellars
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (30/50/20) with 8 to 10 g/l dosage
Aging: 3 Years
Sipped: Early January 2017
In the Glass:
Look: Clear pale golden hue, with fine bead (bubbles).
Smell: Faint doughy scent with honey, lemon custard tart and red apple.
Taste: Given it’s chardonnay lead, Mosaique is unsurprisingly quite dry, but well balanced with no tipping point toward heavy acid sensations – keeping it light and a touch bitey.
The honeyed sweetness of age show through faintly at the start, giving way to the tartness of citrus but not in heavy hitting amounts as in other Champagnes. There is a hint of fungal notes in there but nothing off putting.
Notes: A very well matched pair with salty Vietnamese meat dishes.
Party Potential: Jacquart makes an abstract NV champagne that most people wouldn’t be familiar with, but is quite enjoyable. Most people would try it out of curiosity. Unless you buy in bulk, on sale ($60 per bottle) it can be prohibitively expensive, however. As a BYO party Jacquart suits small gatherings of up to 6 people well (guarantees at least one glass each).
As a Gift: Jacquart is available in gift boxes and makes a good gift to someone with a knowledge and experience of wines.
At Home: Given its uniqueness, I would save Jacquart for a small gathering of friends at home.
Matching: Jacquart hit its stride well along side Vietnamese fried chicken and grilled pork sausage (Nem Nuong).
Score & Verdict:
Certainly not the most popular face in town with its limited range of hang-outs, but certainly worth sitting down with over a nice meal, perhaps with some close friends and getting comfortable. Worth the occasional catch-up.
At $75 I feel it is average value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Brought it to a Vietnamese holiday that celebrates family ancestors.
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