Marc Hebrart Selection Brut Premier Cru

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The latest rendition of Hébrart's NV Brut Premier Cru Sélection, disgorged earlier this year, is derived largely from Mareuil-sur-Ay, supplemented by some 13% from Chouilly. Offering up aromas of citrus oil, white flowers and fresh pastry, it's medium to full-bodied, with good concentration and structure in a charming format, concluding with an elegantly chalky finish.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RP
A sleek Champagne, mouthwatering and refined in texture, offering a creamy, well-meshed blend of crème de cassis, toast point, crystallized honey and lemon curd. Disgorged December 2018. Drink now through 2021.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS
(NV Marc Hébrart “Selection” Brut NV (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ)) The current release of the from Jean-Paul Hébrart’s “Selection” bottling is from the base year of 2016, with forty percent of the cuvée comprised of reserve wines from the 2015 vintage. The cépages is seventy percent pinot noir and thirty percent chardonnay, with all of the vines contributing fruit for this bottling at least forty years of age. The vins clairs all go through malo and the wine was aged sur latte for three years prior to disgorgement in October of 2019. The nose offers up a fine blend of white peach, apple, sourdough bread, chalky soil tones and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a good core, frothy mousse and fine length and grip on the complex finish. This is a fine bottle of non-vintage Brut, with the slightly higher percentage of chardonnay here giving the wine a more floral aspect than in the Cuvée de Réserve (Drink between 2020-2035).

John Gilman | 91 JG
A good all-round style with some complexity of yeasty, bready notes, in combination with a satisfying freshness and nicely integrated yet persistent bubbles. Drinking Window 2018 - 2020.

Decanter | 90 DEC
Old-vine pinot noir from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ accounts for 65 percent of this blend; the balance is chardonnay from Oiry in the Côte des Blancs. The wine is closed off for now behind steely acidity that feels as malic as a green apple, with a lemony tang. Behind that is something ornate, deeply French, more a food than a wine in its vegetal, smoky, meaty notes. Though not immediately expressive, it’s already smooth and lithe.

Wine & Spirits | 90 W&S

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Vintage N/V
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Marc Hebrart
Rating 92 RP
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
Varietal Champagne Blend
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