Our tasting impressions
We are loving this Blanc de Blancs from Hervé and Nina. One has no right to expect such class and elegance in a non-vintage Brut. The Grand Cru grapes combined with the Dubois' meticulous handling and signature style result in a sophisticated and highly compelling Champagne. The flavors are pure, delineated, crisp and bright. Special occasion quality at a price that invites everyday use.
About this wine
This non-vintage Brut Blanc de Blancs is composed of Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards planted in the 1980’s. Best plots in Avize makeup 85%,with the rest from Oger and Cramant. The soil is chalk. Eighty percent of it is 2017 grapes blended with 20% reserve wine. Vinified in steel tank without malolatic fermentation. Aged up to 4 years. There is a light filtration prior to bottling. Dosage is 6.5 g/L. Disgorged February 2021.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Mineralité
The roots of this Grower Champagne estate dates back to 1920. Hervé's grandfather Paul was in the business of transporting wine to the big Champagne houses by horse. He bought land in Avize in order to feed and raise the horses and this land eventually was designated Grand Cru vineyards. A decade later, he developed the property to focus on wine production.
In 1981, Hervé began bottling their wine under his own name. His daughter, Nina is heir apparent, managing the commerce and gradually learning winemaking from her father.
The 7.5ha estate in the Côte des Blancs near Épernary is 60% Chardonnay (mostly Grand Cru in Avize. The estate also comprises 1.5ha Pinot Meunier, 1ha Pinot Noir and .5ha 1er Cru Chardonnay in Montagne de Reims. Other vineyards are in Oger and Cramant.
Thirty-eight years ago, Hervé discontinued using malolactic fermentation in his Chardonnay and has remained committed to this less common practice. He believes it results in fresher, livelier wines that more transparently reflect the terroir.