Jean-Paul Hébrart lists 2012 alongside 2008 and 1998 as his greatest vintages. He is privileged to grand sites atop Clos des Goisses, and the presence and depth of character tapped from his old vines is articulated emphatically in his Special Club. Pinot noir takes the lead in glossy red cherry and crunchy red apple fruit, building to black cherries and even blackberries in time, confidently supported by the juicy white peach and ripe pineapple of chardonnay from generous terroirs. It’s spicy and characterful, hinting at candied orange rind, building into a generous and fleshy finish of buttery, silky succulence, beautifully toned by the salty minerality of pure chalk. In depth and character it captures the fragments on the edges of Clos des Goisses. 94pts Tyson Stelzer 'Champagne Guide 2020-2021'
Jean-Paul Hebrart has smashed it out of the park once again! For five releases in a row from 2008-2012, regardless of some extreme, variable vintage conditions he has consistently produced outstanding wines and this is yet another winner. The 2012 is arguably his finest release since the 2008 or 2002 and it would be hard to pick a favourite. The aromatics, flavours and depth are sensational and truly one of the best ever 'Special Club' releases. Have you ever poured a wine that smelled so wonderful, that you were scared that if you tasted it, wouldn't live up to the promise? Could it really be that good? ....yeah it was, and I'm still smiling The vines average more than 45+ years age with a 35% Pinot component from Mareuil-sur-Ay vineyards which lie contiguous to the famous 'Clos des Goisses' with 20% Grand Cru Ay Pinot; 20% Coeur de Cuvée Chardonnay from Grand Crus, Chouilly & Oiry and 25% old vine Chardonnay from Mareuil-sur-Ay - if you've ever wondered what a 'Special Club' release typifies ..it is simply the best of the best. JP take a bow! I stand in disbelief that with every release, the wines that JP produces simply get better and better, how is that possible?
Hebrart's American distributor,Thierry Theise had a simple adage which I think sums it up perfectly " Marc Hébrart may not be the “best” grower in Champagne, but no one is better."
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