Jacquart Cuvee Alpha 2010
This fine vintage champagne is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The colour shows golden hues and a delicate, defined bead. The Chardonnay takes centre stage initially, with a delicately floral bouquet rolling out acacia, honeysuckle and poppy scents mingling with hints of fresh orchard fruit, brioche. On aeration, delicious aromas of cherry, red apple and honey are released.The sensation on the palate is one of long-lasting finesse leading through to salty chalk notes in the finish.
The blend of this great cuvée forms a harmonious alliance between the strength of Pinot Noir (40%) grown on the Grands & Premiers Crus vineyards throughout the Montagne de Reims (Aÿ, Mailly, Chigny) and the fresh touch of Chardonnay (60%) from the Côtes des Blancs (Avize, Vertus).
95 points - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
Fullish straw-yellow colour with a dried herb, savoury, straw and hay bouquet, which seems to need time in the glass (or the bottle) to develop and open. It's rich and full in the mouth, showing good concentration and amplitude, the aftertaste lingering long after the wine has gone. The mouth flavours include lemon and gardenia, superbly underlined by vibrant acidity. Very good, and it could benefit from a little more time in a cellar.