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.
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
Special Club 2012 - Produced from the oldest vines on the Hébrart estate which vary between 40-50 years old. It's 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Jean-Paul Hébrart summed up the special qualities of the vintage: elegance, amplitude, minerality, purity and extreme persistence. It is plump, lush and giving sheer pleasure right now It has depth, weight and power yet still retains elegance and poise. Great effort and another winner from Jean-Paul.
'Noces de Craie' Grand Cru Extra Brut 2012 - ‘Noces de Craie’ poetically translates to ‘Wedding of the Chalk’. Only 4,000 bottles were produced of this inaugural release. 100% old vine Pinot Noir sourced from five parcels in the Grand Cru of Ay. Only to be produced in the best of years, with no further releases until the 2015 vintage. On first tasting it came as a surprise as to how sleek, elegant, and refined it showed. Still showing the power and depth one expects from Ay Pinot, there is a chalky, mineral acidity that maintains length and freshness. It will be fascinating to see how well the wine develops in bottle further. Very impressive but still extremely youthful at present.
'Rive Gauche Rive Droite' Grand Cru 2010 - 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!
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