Marc Hebrart Noces de Craie Grand Cru Extra-Brut 2018
The Honeymoon of Chalk delivers eponymous minerality coupled with aromatic richness
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Jean-Paul Hébrart took over the operations of Marc Hébrart Champagne in the Vallée de la Marne from his father Marc in 1997. This estate is not exactly new: Jean-Paul’s father has been producing champagne under the Marc Hébrart name since 1964 and has been a member of the Special Club since 1985. Hébrart farms 14 hectares of vines on 65 different sites in 6 villages: the 1er cru vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Avenay, Val d’Or and Bisseuil and the grand crus villages of Aÿ as well as Chouilly and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs. Each parcel is always vinified separately in glass lined stainless steel and ceramic tanks. He is slowly phasing out the ceramic as it is more difficult to control the temperature. Hébrart is also experimenting barrel fermentation and indigenous yeast fermentation for some of his older vine parcels.
Using these new techniques Jean-Paul has made an alternative Téte de Cuvee (2004 vintage dated) called Rive Gauche-Rive Droite, named for the sites on both sides of the Marne that comprise of the blend. These old vine parcels are fermented and aged in 205 liter four year old barrique (without battonage) before being bottled sur latté. Jean-Paul hand selects grapes, uses a Bucher press, and is experimenting with fermentation in petite cuvee. Hébrart doesn’t block malolactic fermentation and does all remuage by hand.
Peter Liem writes of Champagne Hébrart on Champgneguide.net: “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.”
Rigorous selection of 5 plots of old Pinot Noir vines in Ay Grand Cru, harvested at great maturity, this cuvée is the fruit of a passion for Pinot Noir; planted on exceptional soil where the chalk outcrops.
Blend – 100% Pinot Noir
Villages – Aÿ Grand Cru; Cheuzelles, Longchamp, Pierre Robert, Pruche, Chauffour
Malolatic fermentation – Yes
élevage – Stainless steel
Aging 36+ months
Intense and complex aromas on the nose, with the perfect combination of freshness and minerality due to the chalk and the power and aromatic richness due to the pinot noir (notes of raspberry, strawberry, red currant, blackberry, chocolate). The palate follows the nose well, it is a muscular but perfectly balanced wine. A firework of aromas, green apple, quince, white cherry, exotic fruits, bitter chocolate and toasted sourdough bread. The finish is digestible, very refined and rather mineral with an acidic hold and beautiful bitters. A Champagne for an aperitif for two because the bottle is too small!
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 94 points (2016 Vintage)