Marc Hébrart Rosé Brut
|Cépages: 55% Chardonnay, 38.5% Pinot Noir, 6.5% Mareuil Rouge
|Assemblage: Chardonnay from 2015, Pinot Noir from a blend of
2014 & 2013 and Mareuil Rouge 2014
|Vineyard/Village: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 1er Cru
|Elevage: Stainless steel, with 6.5% of Pinot Noir vinified in 2nd
|En Tirage Aging: 24 months
Vallee de la Marne
Not surprisingly, sleek, comely and digitally fruity, yet it shows its fruit on a high white wire, like some iridescent filament snaking through darkness. Sitting in the glass it starts to smell like those little pink cookies (“Biscuits de Reims”) you see everywhere in the region. I’m always torn between feeling this is a smart wine that also wants to show you how sexy it is, or a sexy wine that wants you to know how smart it is. Yet of course, smart is sexy. I heard that from Noam Chomsky. Disg. 7/2016, we have 50% CH from Mareuil, vintage 2014—then 43.5% PN from Mareuil, vintage 2012-13—then 6.5% still PN from Mareuil vinified in neutral cask, vintage 2013.
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Press & Reviews
Hebrart's 2010-dominated NV Brut Rose – half Chardonnay; the rest Pinot, including 8% red wine – offers pungently herb-tinged red currant and crabapple, its tangy persistence allied to saliva-liberating salinity as well as subtly stony and crystalline mineral hints. I am put in mind of an impeccably balanced dry Ruwer Riesling. Look for this to perform admirably – and please, put it to work at table! – over the next couple of years.
Features flavors of graphite, spice, cherry pate de fruit and strawberries and cream, with hints of honey, cherry pit, almond skin and licorice, all layered with powerful acidity and chalky texture, Mouthwatering. Drink now through 2018. -A.N.
(50% chardonnay, 42% pinot noir and 8% still pinot noir; aged for 25 months on its lees and disgorged in March, 2013): Light, bright pink. Pungent, mineral-driven scents of redcurrant and honeysuckle, along with a hint of gingery spice. Focused and tightly wound, displaying finely etched red berry flavors underscored by chalky minerality. Shows a suave blend of depth and vivacity and finishes with very good clarity and spicy persistence.
This is based on 2007, with 30 percent of reserve wine from 2006, and it’s a blend of 46 percent chardonnay and 45 percent pinot noir, with the remaining nine percent being Mareuil pinot noir from 2006, vinified as red wine. The nose is outstanding, its delicately flowery red fruit feeling pungent and expansive without being heavy. On the palate there’s a subtly complex and slightly creamy array of flavors ranging from red cherry and wild strawberry to verveine and preserved ginger, all bound up by brisk, racy acidity that elongates the aromas on the finish. It feels summery and sensuous, showing a wonderful clarity and poise, and it’s difficult to keep yourself from draining the glass. Last tasted: 3/10