Jean-Paul Hebrart put together a blend of his favourite ‘old vine’ collected from the premier cru of Mareuil-sur-Ay and called it his ‘Mes Favorites’. The Hebrart estate is located in the premier cru and the vines are all about five decades old. A mix of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay of a blend of three vintage champagne grapes from the years 2014, 2013 and 2012. This is the essence of a Mareuil.
Well worth seeking out, the Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites, is a new cuvée for Hébrart. Derived from superior, south-facing sites in Mareuil-sur-Ay, it is from highly favoured parcels in Mareuil and is intended as a tribute to its terroir. With its truly noble Pinot Noir fragrance, it leads to an utter masterpiece of weightless concentration, as huge and yet as penetrable as a cumulus cloud.
Clearly a great champagne, it is also somewhat inscrutable. It has some of the malt of Aÿ, some Mirabelle confiture, an almost gingery spice and top notes of chalk. This wine has great, gossamer opulence.
ON THE NOSE
Aromas of apples, pears, tangerine, white flowers, spice and pastry cream waft from the glass onto the nose. Others have described it as a bouquet full of autumn forest, yellow plums, physalis, toast and hints of vanilla.
Medium to full bodied, on the palate it is concentrated and nicely structured with a good cut and dry extract. As a house style, the charm of this best champagne indeed captures the attention of vintage champagne drinkers. A best champagne for weddings, the Marc Hebrart Mes Favorites is expressive and full of character with minerals with excellent acidity.
Food pairings that go splendidly with this champagne include pork, rich fish such as salmon and tuna, shellfish and mild and soft cheese.
The prestigious ‘La Revue du Vin de France’ has bestowed ‘Mes Favorites’ the coveted ‘Coup de Coeur’ award, sealing it as the best champagne in the world.
Cépage 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
Assemblage 60% 2014, 20% 2013, 20% 2012
Vintage New vintage
Village/vineyard Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 1er Cru All old vine sélection massale from Faubourg
d’Enfer, Pruche, Côtes, Haute de Varille, Croix Blanches-Maladrie,
Beauregard, Ramonette, Buisson
Saint Loup, Sente de Demoiselles
Élevage Stainless steel, sur latte 24 months
Dégorgement April 2018 – July 2019 (6.5M)
Excellent value for money, the acidity of this really good champagne is a great buy. Absolutely lovely and a favourite not just for Jean-Paul Hebrart, but for everyone, everywhere.