Andre Jacquart Mesnil Experience Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
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André Jacquart was the grandfather of the current day owner, Marie Doyard from her mother’s side. Her parents used to work separately within their own families, the maternal side Mesnil-Sur Oger village (classified Grand Cru) and the paternal side in Vertus village (Premier Cru). In 2004, when Marie decided to run the current day family business, as the fifth generation, her parents decided to combine the two properties into the 24 hectares estate it is today.
André Jacquart is based in Le Mesnil Sur Oger in the Côte des Blancs, with holdings also in Vallée de la Marne and L’Aub. In total the domaine encompasses 24 ha of vines, a true grower Champagne.
Since 2004, André Jacquart has been undertaken by the Jacquart family’s fifth generation, granddaughter, Marie Doyard. Interestingly, Marie’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Doyard, was instrumental in the creation of the AOC Champagne and the delimitation of its vineyard areas. Today, Marie continues to honor the work of her parents and grandparents, while also creating her own signature stamp on the current wine range through her winemaking methods. The domaine is very unique in their use of oak for fermenting the base wines, sourcing wood barrels from Radoux, Francois Freres and Antonin Rodet.
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.