Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jacqueson Perfection Brut, NV

Jacqueson is one of my favorite Champagne houses, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find any bottles in my markets (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio) for the past several years. This magnum was purchased with Y2K celebrations in mind so it has been resting in the cellar for at least 12 years. It is none the worse for wear, however.

Nice frothy mousse and persistent fine bubbles, as long as an hour after the cork was popped. Bouquet and flavors show a similar vigor. Glorious bouquet with everything you want in a Champagne--bread dough, baked goods, and beautiful well defined fruit. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Long, satisfying finish.

Starting with the 2000 vintage, Jacqueson started using numbers (728, 729, etc.) rather than "Perfection" to identify its non-vintage cuvee. As a result, it's now possible to know from what vintage most of the grapes were taken.

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