Champagne Andre Jacquart, Le Mesnil, Grand Cru, Brut, 2009, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France
The 2008 received the following rating, however, Marie Doyard, the owner, told me she believes the 2009 is even better - and I am happy to confirm after meeting with Marie in February, she is right - my sister also agrees with me on this.
2008 vintage results:
Outstanding 95-97/ 100 points in Decanter Magazine Vintage Champagne Panel Tasting.
"This is a family-owned Champagne house based in Vertus on the Cote des Blancs. Today, it is run by the 5th generation, Andre Jacquart's granddaughter Marie Doyard, who took over from her mother Chantal and uncle Pierre Doyard-Jacquart. Their estate encompasses 24 ha in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Vertus, with 20ha planted to Chardonnay on grand and premier cru sites. The domaine is unusual in the region for using oak vats in the fermentation of the base wine.
Michael Edwards said: "A tip-top example that is beautiful straw gold in the glass. The palate shows a fine medley of soft fruit, elegant acidity and a mineral streak with developing vinosity."
Simon Field, Master of Wine said the following: "Steely, rich and long, this displays hints of verbena and honeydew melon with an eloquent, chalky mid-palate. A very impressive wine."
Xavier Rousset, Master of Wine stated: "There's plenty of good wine here, beneath evident oak characters. It is a balanced example with interesting oak influence."