Noted Champagne writer Peter Liem summed up Hebrart on his Champagneguide web-site - “Hébrart’s wines have a broad appeal: if you like to think about your wines, they’re intellectually engaging enough to satisfy you; on the other hand, if you’re just looking to drink, they’re simply delicious. The wines are full and generous without being weighty, complex and soil-driven without being demanding. Overall, the entire range is of consistently high quality, and represents excellent value for the money.”
Brut Selection Premier Cru NV - Only the first free run juice is used in the blend, giving a purity and vivid expression to the wine. Wonderful, lifted aromatics of spicy, red fruits with lifted white floral, citrus overlays. Textured and full on the palate, there is spine of mineral acidity that finishes fresh and leaves you wanting more. Hebrart has always been one of my favourite producers, consistently over-delivering and just gets better with every release.
Selection 'Extra Brut' Premier Cru NV - The debut release which gives an interesting insight into differing levels of dosage. This is the exact base wine as the Selection Brut but contains only 3.5Gm/Ltr as opposed to 7gms/ltr in the Brut. A 50/50 blend of 2015 and 2014 from some of Hebrart's oldest parcels of vines, both wines are impressive, which wine you prefer remains for you to find out!
Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru NV - Mareuil is most famous for the quality of it’s Pinot Noir, yet there are small parcels of exceptional Chardonnay. This component has given a fullness and richness to the wine while the fruit from the Cote des Blancs adds an aromatic lift and edge. Opulent and creamily textured yet kept in perfect balance, by vibrant, mineral acidity. Multi-layered and textured, this over delivers in every way.
Rose Brut Premier Cru NV - Decanter Magazine’s “Top 10 Grower Champagnes to Try”– Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sourced from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this encases its exuberant fruit within a sleek, racy structure, feeling succulently ripe yet imparting an elegant impression, thanks to its silky texture and graceful overall balance. 17.5 pts -Peter Liem
Rose 'Extra Brut' Premier Cru NV - Debut release and again the base wine is identical to the Brut Rose, here the dosage is 3.5gms/ltr in contrast to 6.5gms in the Brut version. 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, the slightly higher percentage of Chardonnay in this release may account for why both versions have lower dosage that normal, yet carry it off with perfect balance
'Mes Favorites' Vieilles Vignes - Behind the village of Mareuil, directly under the vineyards, a sheer chalk cliff stands as a dramatic and stark testimony to the profound terroir that forms the bedrock of what is the greatest premier cru of all. To drink JeanPaul Hébrart’s new cuvée is an equally profound experience of the confronting minerality of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The ability of the deep roots of old vines to extract the chalk signature of the terroir of great sites is remarkable indeed, and Hébrart bores to the very core of the chalk of Mareuil. Old vines infuse sensational concentration, too, rippling and rumbling with layers of generous white peach, fig and layers of spice. Chalk brings dynamic freshness to this succulent generosity, holding pronounced persistence and impeccable line. It’s little wonder that these plots, Hébrart’s most representative of his village, are the closest to his heart. Mes Favorites, indeed. Mine too. 96pts Tyson Stelzer 'Champagne Guide 2020-2021'
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