Marc Hébrart / Champagne 1er Cru Brut Rosé (NV) / 750mL
Grapes: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Geography: Champagne, France
Alcohol by volume: 12.0%
As always this is an intellectual lady-librarian with, shall we say, an ooh-la-la taste in undergarments, and perhaps a fetching tattoo hidden beneath them. You think it's "correct," it starts to vamp, you think it's "sexy," it starts to admonish you with its elegance and command. 46% CH, 45% PN and 9% Mareuil still PN (from '06); the blend is 70% '07, 30% '06. 12/09 disgorgement. This is an extroverted rendition of this always-delicious Rosé. It's almost giddy, silky, with crisp diction, yet baby, what ripe berries are in this basket.
Pale pink. Intensely perfumed aromas of orange pith, pear and white flowers, with a strong suggestion of chalky minerals. Dry, mineral-accented citrus fruit flavors become fleshier with air and pick up an exotic floral pastille quality. Silky and seamless in texture, finishing with outstanding clarity and mineral-driven persistence.