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.