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Hure Freres Invitation Brut Champagne
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- Cellar 4 - 5 years (2018-2019)
- ABV 12%
- Closure: Cork
The exceptional quality of growers Champagne is often reason enough to celebrate by popping a cork! Hure Freres (Hure brothers) are located in Ludes, a Premier Cru village from the Montagne de Reims where Pinot is king. When Francois Hure and his brother Matthieu took over the estate in 2005, they brought with them a wealth of knowledge acquired working with the who’s who of Terroir wines in estates such as Domaine de Montille and Chapoutier but also here in Australia, where Francois spent time at Coldstream Hills under the watch of James Halliday.
The Invitation, as the name suggests, is where one should start to discover their wide range of Champagnes. The blend is composed of 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay sourced exclusively from family vineyards located in the Montagne de Reims , Vallee de l’Ardre and Vitry le Francois, where they have complete control over grape growing.
It is often said Champagne is made at the press and Hure Freres still use a traditional vertical basket press to obtain the best juice to turn into the base wines ready for the Champagnisation (Methode Champenoise). The Invitation will spend a minimum of 24 months and sometimes up to 36 months on lees after tirage, to gain and enhance complexity. Released as brut with a dosage at 9g/l, lower than the big negoce houses, the results of their careful approach to detail, can certainly be tasted in the Invitation, with a very well defined and precise style , balancing power and elegance with a very fine bead, which is probably the trademark of the brothers as this is a consistent trait throughout their range of strikingly good wines.
Pours well with a creamy white mousse and a pale straw base wine colour. Exceptionally fine and very persistent bead. Nosing reveals aromas of baked bread and yeast lees over some citrus and light toast. Light and lively across the palate but with plenty of richness the palate features flavours of brioche, yeast lees and citrus followed by a hint of grapefruit and subtle cashew. Clean crisp dry finish. Excellent length with a long yeast lees, brioche and citrus aftertaste.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.