REVIEWS

93pts Vinous: The NV Brut Rosé is another gorgeous wine in this range. Hebrart deftly manages fruit intensity and energy in a Brut Rose that positively sizzles with energy. Cranberry, white pepper, mint, crushed rocks and chalk add to the wine's taught brilliant feel. There is so much to admire and enjoy in this pure, crystalline Rose. This release is 55% 2015 Chardonnay, 38.5% Pinot Noir from 2014/2013 and a dollop of still 2014 Pinot. Disgorged: January 23, 2018.

92pts Wine Advocate: Entirely sourced in Mareuil-sur-Ay, the NV Brut Rose Premier Cru is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, of which 7% is added as serious, barrel-fermented red wine to give the color. Assembling the 2012 and 2014 vintages, it is dosed with seven grams per liter and comes on the palate as a very clear, delicate, fresh and remarkably elegant rose with lovely purity and precision. It`s a great mix of generous fruit and chalky finesse.

92pts Wine Spectator: Aromatic, with ripe cherry and berry fruit and abundant spice notes, this creamy rosé is framed by firm acidity, offering a finely balanced mix of raspberry gelato, toasted brioche, chalk and grated ginger. Mouthwatering finish.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    55% Chardonnay, 38.5% Pinot Noir, 6.5% Mareuil Rouge
  • ALCOHOL
    12.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    Stainless steel, with 6.5% of Pinot Noir vinified in 2nd use oak
  • PRODUCTION
    5,800 cases

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.

Richard Juhlin, 4000 Champagnes: Undeniably, Mareuil should belong to the grand cru villages. Most of the vineyards reach almost the same quality as those of Aÿ. In their youth, what may distinguish a Mareuil wine from an Aÿ wine is a hawthorn-like flowery bouquet. On aging, the wines become practically impossible to tell apart.

Importer Terry Theise: Hébrart represents a departure from the other producers in this portfolio, for Jean-Paul’s wines marry the top Pinot Noir sites of the Vallée de la Marne with Grand Cru Chardonnay sites in the Côte des Blancs. Hébrart’s wines are buoyant and lithe with deft integrations of minerality and juicy fruit. The fruit of Mareuil pinot noir I unlike any I know in Champagne: firmer and less malty than Aÿ, altogether less chunky than Bouzy, not unlike Verzy but richer, far more comme il faut than the savage power of Verzenay, less softly perfumey than Ambonnay, less smoky than Cumières. Indeed if it were Burgundy, Mareuil could well be Morey-St.-Denis.

TASTING NOTES 

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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Terry Theise