Champagne Jacquart is a young brand in terms of Champange history, merely 50 years old. The house continues to evolve with the recent introduction of head winemaker Floriane Eznack in 2011, previously assistant winemaker at Veuve Clicquot. Floriane brings a new young spirit, a deep connection to the local terroir, and a strict professionalism of tasting. Floriane stresses, “I have no rules. We can experiment and continue to build a future.”
Champagne Jacquart is not your normal “Big House” Champagne like Moet, Clicquot, and Mumm. Their total production is much lower, about the same as Roederer and Bollinger. The defining fact is that Champagne Jacquart is entirely owned by 1,800 local growers. They are not just suppliers of grapes, rather, they make decisions on all stages from growing, winemaking, marketing, and sales. These 1,800 growers represent 2,400 ha, or, 7% of the whole surface of Champagne. Out of that 2,400 ha, Floriane choses only the best 300 ha to make Champagne Jacquart.
Floriane’s unique sense of detail represents the vast terroir differences of more than 180 villages and three different varieties. While most Champagne houses ferment in 2,000 hl vats, Floriane choses to ferment each block individually in very small 25 hl to 400 hl vats. Since they own the company, nearly 98% of the 1,800 growers farm sustainably, and some are even fully organic and biodynamic. One day Floriane hopes to produce a small production Champagne from these biodynamic farmers.
This holiday season, let’s toast to No Rules, Paris, Happiness, and the Queen of Sparkling Wines… Champagne!