n.v. Marc Hebrart, Selection, Premier Cru Brut Champagne, Mareuil-sur-Ay, France.
This fine and detailed sparkler was from the May 2012 disgorgement of the Marc Hebrart Selection cuvee and it is perfumed and lovely from start to finish, highlighting the deft touch and quality of this Champagne house to make some of the most refined grower bubbles available. The whole lineup impresses from Rose to Grand Cru Extra Brut, but this Brut Selection cuvee is a fantastic Champagne at a great price. The nose is elegant with white flowers, citrus and pure apple notes leading to a palate with a delightful mousse and subtle grace showing green apple, pear and lemon fruits with brioche, baked/poached apple and bead dough. The Marc Hebrart Selection seduces throughout and makes for a great example of why we search out these terroir driven and handcrafted artisan Champagnes, they are interesting and soulful.
($53 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($44.50 Sale through Jan 1, 2013)