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Please join us Tuesday, October 18th as we welcome vigneron François Huré for a tasting of his family's sensational Champagnes. Located in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims, the Hurés have been growing Champagne since 1960 and bottling under the name Huré Fréres since 1971. All of their wines display an admirable equipoise between power and finesse, with a serious mineral core overlain by beautiful, ripe fruit. We hope you will join us to meet François and taste these lovely Champagnes! -John McIlwain
20% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Meunier. The base vintage of the current disgorgement of the Hurè Fréres Brut Reserve L'Invitation is 2013, with the balance being made up of 40% reserve wines. The nose offers aromas of baked apple, brioche, wild strawberry, orange oil, white flowers, and ginger. On the broad, medium-bodied palate there is a fine tension between the ripe red fruit, citrus peel, frisky acidity, and a fairly serious core of stony minerality. This develops nicely in the glass displaying a frothy mousse and coltish, energetic fruit initially, with the earthy Montagne de Reims character emerging with air. This is a fine Champagne to accompany charcuterie, sushi, or smoked fish. -John McIlwain
This wine is based on the ripe 2013 vintage. It's a blend of 25% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 35% Pinot Meunier, with 10% still, whole cluster-fermented, red wine blended in. The robe is a pale salmon color. The nose offers layers of wild red berries, wet stone, and blood orange, while the palate displays tangy wild strawberry, sour cherry, citrus zest flavors with a nearly saline minerality. There's admirable energy to this medium-bodied Champagne with its fine bead, creamy mousse, and its long, bright-toned finish. (disgorged 2016; dosage 6 g/L) -John McIlwain
Each of the Huré brothers' "4 Eléments" cuvées are based on a single parcel, single cépage, single vintage, and singular vinification technique with the intention that a singularly distinctive terroir will be articulated with each release. The Pinot Meunier is from vines planted in 1963 in the La Grosse Pierre lieu-dit in Ludes on the north slope of the Montagne de Reims. The vin clair is fermented with native yeasts, does not undergo malolactic fermentation, ages first in demi-muid, then spends 36 months on the lees under cork rather than crown cap, before being bottled with 3/L grams dosage. The 2012 is taut, mineral, and cool-toned on a supple, textured palate offering layers of vibrant stone fruit, crushed herbs, and savory, earthy flavors on a persistent, powerful, driving finish. The terroir and old vines speak here. There is a sapid, nearly saline quality to the wine, which belies the reputation of Pinot Meunier for producing less 'serious' Champagnes. This is Champagne for the table which will shine with roasted fish, root vegetables, or game birds. - John McIlwain
Based on a solera, or perpetual cuvée, started in 1982, the Mémoire Extra Brut is comprised of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, aged in foudre and bottled with 3 g/ dosage. The grapes come from all of the various Huré vineyard parcels and the cuvée is considered to be a broad "snapshot" of the domain's terroir and vinification aesthetic. Pale golden yellow in color and with an ultra-fine bead, Mémoire offers soft aromas of Mirabelle plum, dried orange peel, lemon verbena, brown butter, with notes of honey. The palate is creamy, broad, round, and burnished with complex flavors of wild cherry, damson, heather honey, candied ginger, with a pleasing hint of nuttiness on the finish. There are a multiple layers to this Champagne as befits its solera origins and it is better served by enjoying from a wine glass, rather than flute to allow the bouquet to develop fully. - John McIlwain