Jeeper’s nonvintage brut is 60 percent Chardonnay, 25 percent Pinot noir, and 15 percent Meunier; a portion of the chardonnay was aged in oak barrels, and the base wines went through malolactic. The assembled wine spent four years on lees, and was released with a dosage of 7 g/L. The result of that long aging is an opulent wine, toasty with a sense of cherrystone, marzipan, and almond extract. The dosage is a bit high, but the wine gets a lift from its prickly acidity and, of course, fizzy mousse. It was a great aperitif with light snacks before a celebratory meal.
NV Jeeper Grand Assemblage Brut Champagne
12% ABV | $65 (sample); imported by XXI Wines & Spirits