2014 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club Magnum$139.99
Marc Hebrart has been a member of the Club Trésors de Champagne or Special Club since 1985 and has continued their presence among the select producers in the club after Marc's son Jean-Paul assumed control.
The blend here is 55% pinot and 45% Chardonnay from the villages of Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ 1er Cru (65%) Aÿ Grand Cru (25%) Oiry Grand Cru (5%) and Chouilly Grand Cru (5%). Richard Juhlin states that Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ should be a Grand Cru village, and when compared to the Champagnes of Ay, they are almost indistinguishable.
The Marc Herbrart Special Club is made to be intense and powerful. This is a dense and concentrated Champagne, with superb balance and complexity that seems to like a few years in the bottle before being opened. We've tried this out of magnum in the past and have always been impressed by the extra pizzazz they possess.