Read our mini profile on Champagne Marc Hébrart, from Champagne resident Peter Liem, who also picks which wine to try


Region: Vallée de la Marne, Champagne

Village: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ

Grape varieties: Pinot NoirChardonnay

Vineyard area: 15.5 hectares

Jean-Paul Hébrart has been in charge of his family’s estate since his father, Marc Hébrart, retired in 1997. He works 15ha of vines, most of which are in the sector of the Vallée de la Marne called the Grande Vallée, on the southern flanks of the Montagne de Reims, although he has some Chardonnay vines in the Côte des Blancs.

Hébrart advocates sustainable viticulture, avoiding synthetic treatments as much as possible, and he vinifies all of his parcels separately to preserve their distinct identities. While most of his wines are fermented in stainless steel, he began making a barrel-fermented Champagne in 2004, called Rive Gauche-Rive Droite. Hébrart is also a member of the Club Trésors de Champagne, a growers’ association that seeks to promote quality wines, and whose signature cuvée is the Spécial Club. Hébrart’s Spécial Club is one of the finest available, but his entire range of Champagnes is outstanding from top to bottom, and well worth seeking out.

Wine to try: Marc Hébrart, Brut Rosé Premier Cru, Vallée de la Marne, NV
Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sourced from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this encases its exuberant fruit within a sleek, racy structure… Read more here.



Written by Peter Liem