Aÿ, Vallée De La Marne

Marc Hébrart

Special Club Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend 2012

A pretty light gold color with sparse, tiny bubbles. The nose is instantly attractive with lemon peel and unmistakable chalk up front. The fruit here is pretty amazing with honeydew, pears, and a touch of mango. Green and red apples sing throughout, especially as the glass warms a bit. Floral accents are the showstopper here with pretty white flowers and delicate orchards. It’s all so very fresh with this wine, as befits a Hebrart champagne.

I’m a huge fan of all of the Special Club bottles that I’ve had the pleasure to try. This is easily one of the best. 55/45 PN/CH primarily from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Masterfully crafted, this is both sleek and comforting. Beautiful purity of fruit and laser like focus. Nice acidity, not racy or bracing but smooth. There’s an incredible level of depth here. Tasted blind, no doubt I would have named a much more expensive bottle.

The attack is focused with much clarity. It’s almost hard to put into words why this is so damn good but trust me, it is. A wave of tropical fruits like pineapple and kumquat along with more mangoes. Bread with a light dusting of cinnamon is a pleasant surprise to with dried herbs. Cherries begin to come into view on the long finish and you’re left smiling by the trace of warm spice. Normally I would say let these sit for a few years but don’t bother, this sexy thing is singing right now.
— a day ago

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Henri Goutorbe

Special Club Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend 2008

https://www.winemag.com/2021/02/22/special-club-champagne-guide/ Special Club champagnes are a small group of champagne houses actually called Club de Trésors. The article above explains a lot. This is an appley citrusy delicious version that needs more time. — a month ago

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Bollinger

La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend 2007

Less powerful year 2007. But still a good example on an Aÿ champagne grape. A bit acidic and light yeast flavors. — a day ago

Gaston Chiquet

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Champers on My Friday night!🥂😁 — 2 days ago

Jérôme Prévost

La Closerie Fac-simile Extra Brut Pinot Meunier Rosé Champagne 2017

Beautiful tension and release. This doesn’t care if you like it; it has bigger plans. Look at that color! — 20 days ago

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Gatinois

Aÿ Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend

My new favorite champagne for the money. Disgorged 7/2021. 80% Pinot. Oxidative with stewed apples — a month ago

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Henri Giraud

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Fantastic flavors. Very clean with balanced yeast and acidity — 5 days ago

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Large Flavor with heavy minerality and light yeast. — 9 days ago