Champagne, ‘Rive Gauche-Rive Droite’ Grand Cru Brut, Hebrart
Vallee de la Marne
This is his nod to the old school. Another Coeur de Cuvée, made in barrels, natural yeast, unfiltered and never cold stabilized. It’s 50% PN Aÿ (Pruche, Cheuzelles, Longchamp, Chauffour) and 50% CH old-vines from Chouilly, Avize and Oiry (Justice, Montaigu, Les Robarts). The Avize parcel is new for Jean-Paul. Deg 10/2014
The recent disgorgement (4/2015) improves on the sample from last year; in fact it’s a fine vintage for this wine because of its gauzy transparency; the wood isn’t subsumed into a big body but shows openly, tasting a little like Vilmart used to be. Quite delicious! Caramel and braised veal-cheeks. JP feels that the wood regime is best for this Grand Cru material, and time may well prove him right. It’s less oaky than the last bottle of Bollinger I drank….
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