Rive Gauche-Rive Droit - 'Left Bank-Right Bank' named after the vineyard sites situated either side of the Marne river. A 50/50 blend Grand Cru Pinot Noir (Ay) and Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chouilly,Oiry, Avize). A second prestige cuvée alongside his 'Special Club' release, but both totally different in style. This is Hebrart's homage to the champagnes of the past. Whereas most of Hebrart's champagnes are fermented in stainless steel, this has been fermented and aged in old oak barrels giving a rich textural presence to the wine. Jean-Paul Hebrart believes that the use of the oak delivers a greater expression of their Grand Cru terroir. Still very tight at present, there is no denying the underlying weight of fruit within. The Pinot has given structure with layers of coffee, mocha, red fruits, and spice. The lifted aromatics and vibrancy of the Cote des Blancs Chardonnay keep the wine sleek, fine, and delineated. Watch it expand and evolve in the glass, sheer magic!
Fermented and matured entirely in small, old barrels makes this an anomaly in the Hébrart style, yet upholding the DNA of the house and its grand cru terroirs. It has hardly moved in the two years since I last tasted this disgorgement. This is a spicy and characterful cuvée of pale-straw hue that accurately accomplishes its aspiration of expressing the two sides of the river, by confidently uniting the red berry fruit and fig depth of Aÿ pinot noir, the white peach definition of ripe northern Côte des Blancs chardonnay, and the spicy, toasty, coffee bean complexity of well-handled old barrel fermentation. Oak is sensitively handled, making more of a contribution in creamy, seamless texture than in flavour or colour. The result has body, power and flesh, tempered by fine phenolic grip, well-integrated acidity and invisible dosage on a long finish. - 95pts Tyson Stelzer 'Champagne Guide 2020-2021'
"Hebrart's barrel-fermented 2010 Rive Gauche Rive Droite Grand Cru Extra Brut opens with a beautiful purity and intensity on the bright and intense nose. Very intense and mineral on the palate, this extraordinary blend reveals a lot of chalk and salinity on the palate, as well as great purity, finesse and freshness. Great complexity here and very long. This is a firm and refreshing Champagne of great expression. - 93pts Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The blend is a mix of 50% Pinot Noir from the Grand Cru Ay and 50% Chardonnay from the Grand Crus of Chouilly, Oiry and Avize. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Fermented and aged in 205ltr oak barrels, with no filtration or cold stabilisation. Riddling by hand. Dosage 5 gms/ltr MCR(rectified concentrated grape must).
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