Champagne Jacquinot & Fils is located in Epernay founded by Pierre Jacquinot and sons in 1947. Jean-Manuel Jacquinot, a grandson of Pierre and the current head of the company and winemaker, relates that there are 17ha under vineyard, seven of which are used for own production and the grapes of the remaining 10 sold to the “Golden Arches”, in this case Moët rather than McDonald’s. “We have 400m of underground cellar which is a little bit less than Moët’s 32km but it it does take 106 steps to get down there, which makes us second only to Pommery who have 116 and ahead of Veuve Clicquot who have 103”.
Reciprocal are agents for Jacquinot in South Africa and the following wines are available:
Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Private Cuvée Brut
70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Mainly from the 2012 vintage but including 20% reserve wine. White peach, citrus and some yeast complexity. Rich and broad with a creamy mousse. Rating: 88/100.
Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Blanc de Blancs
100% Chardonnay. From a single year (2013) but less than 36 months on the lees so not a vintage Champagne. Some pleasant reduction before lime and lemon plus some leesy complexity and striking acidity. Rating: 89/100.
Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Blanc de Noir
100% Pinot Noir. Subtle red fruit notes on the nose. Light and very fresh with a fine mousse. Rating: 89/100.
Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Symphonie 2008
60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. Nearly eight years on the lees. Caramel and cut apple on the nose. The palate is very rich with a wonderfully creamy mousse before a long and savoury finish. Delicious! Rating: 91/100.
Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Harmonie 2004
Price: R 1 295
80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. 11 years of lees maturation. Very tertiary – yeasty, earthy notes on the nose and palate, the mousse quite soft. A bit of an oddity. Rating: 88/100.