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Grower Champagne - Marc Hebrart (375ml), NV, Cuvée de Réserve Brut 1er Cru

Sparkling, Old World, Champagne from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France

Past wine – out of stock


The NV Brut Premier Cru Cuvee de Reserve is a brilliant, focused wine laced with considerable nuance, complexity and poise. Flowers, white peaches and minerals define the pointed, vibrant finish. The Cuvee de Reserve is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, both from Mareuil-sur-Ay, sourced from three vintages and bottled after 24 to 30 months ageing on the lees with 8 grams of dosage.

Last tasted by us in February 2015 - there is now great bottle age adding nutty flavours.  If you like aged champagne this is great.  Of course nowhere near as aged as the Sir Winston Churchill cuvee produced by Pol Roger which is aged for a dozen years before release by the champagne house.  As with all champagne, but especially aged champagne, they are better if they have been opened and allowed to breathe for 20 to 30 minutes before drinking.  We didn’t believe it when we were first advised to do this but it really works. Just open the bottle and leave it in the fridge; it will not lose its bubbles but will taste much better.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded this champagne 90 points – ‘I was very impressed by what I tasted from Hebrart this year. From top to bottom this is a fabulous set of wines.’

The Wine Spectator also awarded 90 points – ‘There's just a hint of yeastiness to this vivacious Champagne, adding some complexity to the modest floral, white peach and nut notes. Shows good balance through to the crisp finish.’

Jean-Paul Hébrart, the current owner and winemaker of Marc Hébrart Champagne, a Récoltant-Manipulant (RM), meaning that the Champagne house owns its own vineyards and produces Champagnes only with their own grapes and do not buy any grapes from other growers. They produce really enjoyable Champagnes from about 12.5 hectares of vineyards planted on chalky, limestone soils with mostly 75% of Pinot Noir in the great 1er Cru vineyards of the villages of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Avenay-Val-d’Or and Bisseuil, complemented by 25% of Chardonnay from the Grand Crus Chouilly and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs. Marc Hébrart winery is located in the underrated village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, also home to another one of my favourite champagnes, Billecart-Salmon.

Jean-Paul Hébrart is somewhat a purist and a traditionalist, who prefers applying natural methods in the cellar but also to the soils and vineyards rather than using unnatural products like pesticides, herbicides, etc.. Hand selected and harvested grapes, Bucher pressing, fermentation in "petite cuvée", malolactic and hand remuage. Hébrart’s wines are buoyant and lithe with deft integrations of minerality and juicy fruit, with excellent balance, acidity and length.

We have visited the winery many times see our travel blogs - Champagne 2010 and Champagne 2011

  • Cutlivar

    Chardonnay / Pinot Noir

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    12%

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