Champagne Domaine of the Year - Le Guide des Meilleurs Sommeliers du Monde, 2002
At Jacquesson, the “wine growers” are Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet. Their father, Jean Chiquet, a wine grower at the Côte des Blancs, acquired the brand and the vineyards in 1974 and moved the domicile of the house to Dizy. Jacquesson is a brand with an extensive history. It was founded in 1798 in Châlons by Memmie Jacquesson, son of a wine trader. The house rapidly rose to fame, aided by the fortunate fact that Napoleon was a particular fan of Jacquesson champagne. However, everything that we today value about Jacquesson Champagne began with Jean Chiquet in 1974. Jacquesson is a trading house, but it manages to cover almost 90% of its grape requirement from its own vineyards. These vineyards are located in the Grands Crus Ay, Avize and Oiry, and in the Premiers Crus Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Additional grapes are only bought from wine growers who follow exactly the same methods as Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet. It is grapes that they buy, not wine. These grapes are pressed by Jacquesson itself in its four presses, three of which are located in Dizy and one in Avize. The two brothers see themselves primarily as wine growers who cultivate the land and do everything with the aim to obtain the best possible grapes from their vineyards.