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Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs, "Noces de Craie" 2012

Marc Hébrart

"It’s the best Blanc de Noirs I have ever tasted. Last year I pre-screened a sample without dosage and found it immensely promising. The promise has been kept. It’s not a wine JP will make every year; in fact the next one isn’t until vintage-2015. It means “wedding of chalk” and is the fruit of his passion for PN. Massale selection of 44-year vines, hailing from five parcels (Cheuzelles, Longschamps, Pruche, Chauffour, Les Pierres Robert), and it’s also a Coeur de Cuvée. It shows all the creamy malty grace of great Aÿ allied to a jet-blast of manic chalkiness, with incomprehensible length and command. A gliding titan of Champagne." (Terry Theise, importer)

Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Appellation/ava:
Vallee de la Marne
Vintage:
2012
Wine type:
Sparkling
Grape:
100% Pinot Noir
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
48 months (sur latte)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Biodynamic
Closure:
Caged cork
Case production:
160 imported

Reviews

  • "94 points. The 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Noces de Craie Grand Cru is a new wine from Marc Hébrart made from the Cheuzelles, Longchamps, Pruche, Chauffour and Pierre-Robert lieux-dits, all of which are planted on chalk in Aÿ. Strikingly pure and delineated, the Noces de Craie shows the translucence that these sites in Aÿ are capable of. Sweet floral notes lift over the sublime finish. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2016." (vinous)
  • "94 points. A pure beam of black currant glides through this harmonious Champagne, riding the satiny mousse with notes of pastry, lemon parfait and toasted almond. Lovely and lingering on the clean-cut, lightly spiced finish. Disgorged September 2016. Drink now through 2027. 160 cases imported." (Wine Spectator)

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