Here is a follow-up to our Marc Hebrart Rose offer from last week, and this too is a new version of a favorite Cuvee. Winemaker Jean-Paul Hebrart has decided to recreate some of the Champagnes by changing the dosage from Brut to Extra Brut, a move that has yielded fantastic results that bring out the purity of fruit and minerality. The Chardonnay for this cuvee is sourced from two Grand Cru villages, Oiry and Chouilly, and one premier cru village, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ with an assemblange of 60% 2017, 30% 2016, and 10% 2015. As a result of this slightly drier style, this is one of the best versions of this Cuvee ever to be made, shifting more of the focus to the underlying quality of materials, which many enjoy about grower Champagne. We love the new vineyard-driven character uncovered by the lower dosage, but this Cuvee retains the aspects we all have come to know and love from Marc Hebrart and is still one of the best buys at this level for Blanc de Blancs. With an excellent note below by William Kelley, this is a must for fans of the Marc Hebrart Blanc de Blancs, and we currently have the only bottles of Extra Brut available in the USA.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "Disgorged in May 2020, the new release of Hébrart's NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru wafts from the glass with inviting aromas of Anjou pear, white peach, linden and brioche. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and enveloping, it's bright and precise, with racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, chalky finish. It's a touch drier than previous renditions (which were typically dosed as brut), and that really foregrounds the pristine quality of the fruit."