Marc Hebrart Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV - 750ml

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WS92
Wine Spectator
A mouthwatering Champagne that's finely balanced and carries rich notes of Honeycrisp apple, toast, lemon curd and glazed apricot on the lively mousse, while a streak of chalky mineral lingers on the finish.
RP91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While most non-vintage Hebrart wines are nonetheless dominated by a single vintage, his NV Brut Cuvee Reserve Disg. 3/2012 represents the exception, in this instance comprising close to half-each 2009 and 2007. Apple and lime laced with cilantro and garlanded in bittersweetly perfumed iris make for a fascinating aromatic display that presages the juicy, metaphorically cool, herb- and flower-tinged, mouth-coating palate impression. Soothing, sustained, and subtly interactive, the finish offers a fine sense of transparency to nuances including the chalky sort.

TASTING NOTES

This is the most precise articulation of PN you’ll ever taste in Champagne, and this is a glorious edition of this (absurdly) “basic” NV. The fruit is ample yet weightless, the flavors are written in calligraphy yet not “precious,” and this ostensibly ordinary material occupies an ether, until it returns with a spider-fine yet Pinot-earthy finish. It’s complex. 47% 2014—31% 2013—22% 2012. Disg 8/2016. 82% is PN from Mareuil, Avenay Val D’Or, Bisseuil and Hautvillers. 18% is CH from Mareuil. —Terry Theise