Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Hebrart
cépage 100% Chardonnay
assemblage 65% 2013,29% 2012, 6% 2011
info/source Chardonnay from Oiry Grand Cru, Chouilly Grand Cru and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 1er Cru
élevage Stainless steel
sur latte 36 months
Vallee de la Marne
First of all this is utterly SUPERB, and along with Péters’ NV it’s the best non-vintage BdB in this collection. 65% 2013, 29% 2012 and 6% 2011, it’s 85% Mareuil and 15% Oiry and Chouilly, only cuvée (the first free-run juice; in fact only the basic NV has 10% 1st-press [Taille] used), and disg 04/2017. It shows everything a person could desire from a young BdB; grace, length, structure, detail and fruit.
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Press & Reviews
The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is another wine that is vibrant and totally alive in the glass. This is a generous, relatively broad-shouldered Blanc de Blancs with lovely depth and roundness. Sweet, floral and expressive, the Blanc de Blancs shows the richer side of Chardonnay. This release is based on the 2008 vintage, with 24% 2007 juice. Disgorgement date: April 22, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Sleek, with vibrant acidity, this firm, finely knit version offers a filigreed texture and a note of chalky minerality underscoring flavors of poached pear, whole-grain toast, golden raisin and crystallized honey. Drink now through 2018. -A.N.
(80% from 2009 and the rest from 2008 and 2007; disgorged in March, 2013 after 37 months on its lees): Pale yellow. Smoky pear and Meyer lemon aromas are brightened by gingery spices and dusty minerals. Nervy lemon and green apple flavors stain the palate and gain weight with air, picking up anise and bitter pear skin qualities. Succulent herbs and chalky mineral notes linger on the chewy finish. I'd serve this Champagne with a buttery Creole seafood dish.
While this has plenty of nervy acidity, the overall feel is one of ample fragrance and a creamy, mouthfilling presence, true to its origins in the villages of Oiry and Chouilly. This grand cru fruit is blended with ten percent of chardonnay from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and 15 percent of the total blend is reserve wine from 2005, which could also be a contributing factor to its broad build and dark, vivid fruit tones. There’s a strongly citrusy element under the textural richness that adds to the impression of briskness and vivacity on the finish, bringing the whole into an energetic and resonant balance. Last tasted: 3/10
The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs is another gorgeous wine. Here the style is rich, broad and ample, especially for Blanc de Blancs. Red berries, flowers, mint, licorice and spices are some of the many notes that resonate on the finish. If tasted blind, I would have guessed Bland de Noirs, given the aromatic and flavor profile. The intense, creamy finish is hugely appealing. This is a great showing. The Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, 80% 2009 and 20% 2007/2008, all done in steel. The wine spent 37 months on its lees and was disgorged in March 2013.