Marc Hébrart Côteaux Champenois Blanc 'Le Leon' 1er Cru
Le Léon is a historic vineyard that lies on the border of Aÿ Grand Cru and Dizy 1er Cru below the road. The vineyard is named for Pope Leo the Magnificent, who was the patron of DaVinci, Rafaelle, and Michael Angelo. It is said that he only took his wine from Aÿ from this specific site.
cépage 100% Chardonnay
village/vyd Dizy 1er Cru; Le Léon — Chalk
élevage 18 Months in oak
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This is Hébrart’s first release of Coteaux Champenois, vinified in barrel without malolactic and aged for 18 months on its fine lees. It’s all from the Dizy vineyard of Le Léon, although it doesn’t state this on the label, and it’s deliciously forward and inviting, marked by a refined texture and an elegant build. While it doesn’t have the depth or richness of Hébrart’s champagnes, it feels harmonious and expressive of place, and it will be intriguing to compare this with the champagnes made from the same site. Last tasted: 3/20 – Peter Liem Champagneguide.net