Stamped with intense minerality—the signature of the Côte des Blancs—Les Herbevoies is a vintage Blanc de Blancs champagne that offers freshness and maturity with a touch of toast and nuttiness attained through careful winemaking and patient ageing.
A vintage cuvée, Pernet & Pernet’s Les Herbevoies is a Blanc de Blancs champagne comprising 100% Chardonnay from the Premier Cru village of Vertus in the chalky Côte des Blancs. Eponymously named after the lieu dit (single parcel of vines) it is crafted from, this vineyard is located to the north of Vertus and has a gentle south-east exposure. Fruit is cultivated organically then pressed in a single 4000 kg load, yielding enough juice to produce approximately 2500 bottles of champagne.
The current release is based on the 2015 vintage and has undergone full malolactic fermentation with 50% in oak and 50% in stainless steel. Disgorged in February 2021, the dosage is set at 6 g/L. Only 2600 bottles were produced.
First, gentle toast and spice greet the palate before blossoming into ripe pear, stone fruit and dried fig, giving an air of generosity. Intense, chalky minerality then re-invigorates the palate, offering starchy red and green apple with notes of citrus supported by a backbone of persistent acidity. Delight follows in the long and briny finish, flecked with hazelnut; the rewarding, delicious journey a confident reflection of careful winemaking and patient bottle ageing.
Best enjoyed from the Lehmann P. Jamesse, Synergie 52 machine-made glass.
Equally tasty alongside a sliver of aged Comté or a fresh salad of crisp gem lettuce, Cantabrian anchovy, egg and crouton drizzled with a creamy lemon vinaigrette.
Based in the Premier Cru village of Vertus in the Côte des Blancs, Champagne Pernet & Pernet have cultivated vines for local cooperatives since 1871; however, it was only very recently that the House entered the peripheral consciousness of Champagne’s impressive grower-producer stratosphere. Thanks to the determined vision and driving force that is Kurt Zimmerman, the Domaine is now set to take centre stage—it’s simply a matter of time.
Farming just 9ha of vines in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims, Kurt has recently inaugurated three single-vintage, single-varietal cuvées from Chardonnay and Pinot noir, grown in small, organically managed parcels. Because Kurt does not have a pressoir, grapes are pressed by his friend, Pierre Larmandier of Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, and each cuvée comes from a single 4000 kg press load, yielding approximately 2500 bottles that spend extended time on lees.
Kurt’s careful viticultural and oenological work is evident in his champagnes: stylistically crisp and pure, the palate is anchored in energetic minerality and lively acidity, bringing wave upon wave of complex, generous character. Suffice to say, Champagne Pernet & Pernet will not be a well-kept secret for very long. Offering exceptional value for such qualitative, small-batch, organic, vintage champagnes, these are special, rarely presented cuvées that are twice the wine at half the price. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover a star in the making!