The Friday Fizz: JACQUES PICARD Art de Vigne Champagne 2005

JoseMOST ALL FINE WINE is the product of both an identifiable person and a (fairly) specific place. The person is the motive force. The place provides the foundation. In fine wine, both person and place can be heard in the final product. In this case, the person is José Lievens, winemaker and son-in-law of Jacques Picard, and the place is the Jacques Picard estate vineyards in Berru and Montbré and their cave in Berru in the Valle de la Marne in Champagne. At the tete de cuvee level, the result is …

artdevigneJACQUES PICARD Art de Vigne, Champagne, 2005 ($69.99)
An estate-bottled blend of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier all from vineyards over 40 years old in Berru to the northeast of Reims. Barrel fermented and aged with batonage (lees stirring) in a mix of used Burgundy barrels and some new barrels. 5 years en tirage (on the yeasts) as it develops in the bottle. Finished with 4 grams of sugar per liter.   Medium gold straw in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-full-bodied with fresh acidity and scant phenolics.  Focused and fresh with lots of depth and development. Contrasty and complex but with good integration. Complete. The citrus is more dominant but the red fruit is there along with lots of richness from the barrels and the extended lees aging. Textural Champagne. BearScore: 94+.

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