Staff Pick: Champagne Jacquesson 2007/08 Dizy

Jacquesson stopped making blended rosés after 1997 in favor of rosé de macération (saignée) from a specific site, which better suited its philosophical outlook. This was done in 2003 and 2004, and the site chosen was Terres Rouges, a vineyard growing on a broad bench below the Reims Mountain but up above the town of Dizy. The red soil is limestone-based on top of chalky silts, and the Chiquets farm nearly 15 acres here, dedicating a 3.3 acre parcel of Pinot Noir to the production of this rosé. In 2008, they tweaked the method of production, de-stemming all of the grapes and letting half of them macerate in tank for 25 hours (as was done entirely in 2003 and 2004); while the other half was “slow-pressed” during a 4-hour settling in the horizontal press. All of the wine was raised in older oak casks, and the dosage is 3.5 grams per liter.
-Reviewed by Alex Spier, Marquis Wine Cellars


Wine: Pinot Noir
Producer: Jacquesson
Vintage: 2007/2008
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Price: $130.43 (plus taxes & deposit)
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