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Champagne Jacquesson Blanc de Blancs Avize Champ Cain Grand Cru Extra Brut 2005 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne Jacquesson Blanc de Blancs Avize Champ Cain Grand Cru Extra Brut 2005 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Jacquesson Blanc de Blancs Avize Champ Cain Grand Cru Extra Brut 2005

97 Point Jacquesson 2005 Champagne!

$309
$479

Retail

35
Flavor Profile: Sea spray, pears, candied orange zest, honeyed wafers, toasted hazelnuts
Time on Lees: 105 months
Dosage: 2.5 g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic
Score: 97

Why We Love It...

Unicorn Alert! Rare is the day that we are able to snag any Jacquesson to share with y’all – especially the incredibly rare single site, single vintage cuvées like this. All 2005 vintage fruit, from the revered Champ Cain estate plot in Avize – where 1.5 hectares of chardonnay vines have thrived since their planting in 1962. One year in barrel, nearly nine years on the lees, and now, just over 8 years under cork (absolutely key for a cellar-worthy wine such as this…) we have one of the finest bottles of Champagne to be had today! 

Champagne Jacquesson was founded in 1798 by Memmie Jacquesson, in the midst of France’s revolutionary war. Right out the gate, these wines were so good that Napoleon gave him a medal… seriously. In 1835, his son, Adolphe took charge and implemented some monumentally important innovations that would forever change the world of wine. Along with Dr. Guyot, they implemented the radical notion of training vines in orderly rows (Guyot pruning is still one of the most dominant methods used to this day). To reduce Champagne bottles' tendency to explode, he worked with a chemist to begin accurately measuring sugar levels in alcohol, to great effect. And lastly, he invented the muselet, more commonly known as a Champagne cage, helping to secure the corks of nearly every sparkling wine in the world ever since. Beyond all that, their wines are some of the most revered sparkling wines in the world today – just as they have been for decades.

The business left family hands toward the end of the 1800s, and eventually was bought by the Chiquet family in 1974. Today, Jacquesson is jointly managed by Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet – with Jean-Hervé, once the cellar master, running the business and his younger brother Laurent serving as the chef de cave. While Jacquesson does purchase fruit (20 acres from long-standing contracted growers), the majority of their fruit (roughly 80% of their production) is grown themselves – with a focus on the grand cru villages of Aÿ, Avize, and Oiry, and in the premier cru villages of Hautvillers, Dizy, and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. This wine hails from their estate-owned and biodynamically farmed plot of Champ Cain in Avize. Here, some 12,000 chardonnay vines are planted on clay, sandy-loam soils atop immense blocks of Campanian chalk at the bottom of the hill facing due south. The Jacquesson house has developed a reputation for the lowest yields anywhere in Champagne, opting for concentration and quality over quantity – leading to a production of less than 900 cases (including magnums) for this spectacular Champagne.

Certainly, a wine of this stature, pedigree, and timelessness fetches a hefty price tag – the most expensive we’ve ever featured on Last Bubbles. And yet, this is truly a jewel to be treasured, and one you can’t find anywhere else in the U.S.! The 2004 vintage of this same wine currently fetches nearly $130 more per bottle than our extraordinary price today. For those that can, this is a worthy investment – and one sure to pay off in sheer pleasure and wonderment – all for the bubbly experience of a lifetime!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Côte des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet
Farming Method: Biodynamic
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Anything… and nothing. Opening this wine is the celebration.

About the Producer

Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the most respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the development and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.

Champagne Jacquesson Blanc de Blancs Avize Champ Cain Grand Cru Extra Brut 2005

$309
$479

Retail

35

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