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Marc Hebrart Rive Gauche Rive Droite 2012 (750ML)

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94 VM / 93 WA / 93 WS

The 2012 Brut Rive Gauche-Rive Droite Grand Cru brings together all the best elements of Marc Hebrart's style. Ample, creamy and inviting, the Rive Gauche-Rive Droit is a magnificent, thrilling Champagne. Pastry, baked apple, mint, vanillin and spice all fill out the wine's ample frame effortlessly, and yet it is sense of poise that leaves the deepest impression. What a gorgeous wine this is. The blend is 50% Pinot from Aÿ and 50% Chardonnay from Oiry, Chouilly and Avize. Disgorged: January 23, 2018. Antonio Galloni - Vinous Media

The 2012 Rive Gauche – Rive Droite Extra Brut Grand Cru is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from Oiry, Chouilly and Avize (with malolactic but no filtration). Pure, bright and fine yet deep and complex on the nose, this barrel-fermented assemblage is very elegant and fruity on the palate, perfectly round and well-balanced, with good mineral grip and tension in the pure, finessed, refreshing and even salty finish. This has very nice purity and freshness on the palate, with sweet cherry, red fruit and lush fruit aromas and flavors. Disgorged in October 2017 as Extra Brut. Tasted in April 2018. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

Pretty floral and ripe nectarine and cherry fruit flavors are accented by hints of fleur de sel and rich almond and pastry cream in this finely meshed, elegant Champagne. Lightly mouthwatering on the chalk-tinged finish. Disgorged August 2017. Drink now through 2028. 167 cases imported. - Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator


In the 2004 vintage, Hébrart created a new cuvée, based on his experiments with barrel-fermentation. Named Rive Gauche-Rive Droite, referring to its origins on both sides of the Marne River, it was selected from similar parcels as the 2004 Spécial Club—namely, Pruches in Aÿ for the pinot noir and Montaigu in Chouilly and La Justice in Oiry for the chardonnay—and vinified with indigenous yeasts in five- to six-year old 205-liter oak barriques, without bâtonnage. Subsequent releases have been equally as impressive as the initial one, and today it’s becoming clear that the Rive Gauche-Rive Droite is a notably different wine from the Club, not necessarily higher in quality, but more resonant, with more gravitas. What will really be thrilling is watching how these two cuvées develop together with further aging. - Peter Liem, Champagne Guide


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