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The prestige cuvée Art de Vigne is made every year to showcase the terroir of a specific vintage. It will have its ups and downs with the seasons, but Jacques Picard is of the mind that every year offers a special moment and place in time worth capturing. The current vintage of the Art de Vigne is 2002, and it is the best effort I have ever tasted of this cuvée. Two-thousand-and-four is also very promising, and these two vintages are likely to be the best of this decade, according to the family. What about 2008, the next highly regarded vintage? It could turn out very nicely, but José aren’t as excited as many others are about 2008. Regardless, I love this wine, and I think it is worth picking up every year. It is a bit like catching time in a bottle and experiencing a portrait of a piece of land and hard work over twelve months, captured together,

here and now, just for you.

The Jacques Picard range of wines:

  • is normally a blend across three vintages, composed of 60% Chardonnay, 5-10% Pinot Noir, and 30-35% Pinot Meunier. 40-50% of the blend is reserve wine going back four to five years. Only the Pinot grapes go through malolactic fermentation and it is normally dosed at 10-11 g/L. This wine is 80% of Picard’s production.

  • is similar to the NV S lection only with more dosage.

  • is a blend dominated by Chardonnay and is aged on the lees longer than the NV S lection.

  • is Chardonnay blended with 10-12% still red wine. The reserve wine used is a solera of past vintages. Dosage is 10-11 g/L.

  • consists of 100% Chardonnay from some of Jacques Picard’s top vineyards

  • is a blend across various vineyards and grape types; its goal is to show an overall expression of a year

  • is a vintage cuvée consisting of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. It is aged entirely in oak (350L barrels) and does not see malolactic fermentation unless it carries it out on its own. 3,000 4,000 bottles are produced each vintage. This is Picard’s prestige cuvee and is meant to show not only the expression of a year, but also terroir.

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