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92 Wine Spectator

91 Robert Parker

91 Vinous 

REVIEWS

Sleek acidity lends fine balance to the rich notes of honey, toasted brioche and nut in this version, filigreed with flavors of patisserie apple, candied lemon peel and fleur de sel. Offers a long, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2020 -Wine Spectator


The Henriot NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Disg. 2/2012 is redolent of honeysuckle, heliotrope and linden flower, fresh apple and yeasty brioche, with hints of sea breeze, lemon, grapefruit, and toasted nuts anticipating the salinity and bright citricity allied to piquancy that emerge on the creamy yet vivacious palate. The finish enhances this cuvee’s patisserie-like personality, evoking quince- and nut paste-filled buttered pastry drizzled with lemon cream, an impression no doubt – and appropriately so – reinforced by ten grams of residual sugar. Expect this to perform beautifully for several years – though I suspect it may display greater versatility at table after its effusive florality, fruitiness, and yeastiness have toned down and made room for more savory elements. -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 


Pale gold. Fresh tangerine and pear aromas are brightened by hints of ginger and smoky minerals. Vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors possess very good depth and show a strong, minerally quality that builds in the glass. Notes of iodine and buttered toast come up on the finish, which shows impressive clarity and stony persistence. -Stephen Tanzer, Vinous 


Nicely mature nose and well balanced on the palate. Fresh and appetising but no excess acidity. Very attractive aperitif champagne with a slightly chalky finish. 17/20 points. -Jancis Robinson

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Champagne
  • APPELLATION
    Champagne, France
  • ALCOHOL
    12.00%
  • SIZE
    375ml

Winner of 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast (along with 90+ point scores from pretty much everyone else), this is a little bottle of Champagne that makes a very big impression.

Henriot is one of Champagne’s original grower producers, and the focus at this historic Champagne house is all about Chardonnay. Proprietor Joseph Henriot also owns William Fevre, one of Chablis’ most famous domaines. So you might say Chardonnay—particularly a mineral-rich, super elegant, almost saline-like style of Chardonnay—runs through Henriot’s body in place of blood.

The house style at Henriot is precise, ethereal and complex. This is true from the Henriot’s top Champagne as it is for its non-vintage releases. This split of NV Blanc de Blanc is 100% Chardonnay and 100% sourced from estate-owned vineyards in the Cotes de Blanc. An extended period of lees aging and a significant addition of reserve wine makes for an exception Champagne that blows many vintage Blancs de Blancs clear out of the water. Whether enjoyed with food or solo, this bubbly is not to be missed.

·    The Henriot family has farmed wine grapes in Champagne since the 1500s and began bottling and purveying their own estate-made bubblies back in 1808.

·    Owner Joseph Henriot was also at the helm of Champagne house Veuve Clicquot, which he left in 1994 in order to devote all his energies to the family estate.

·    Since then Henriot has skyrocketed in quality and is now among the very top grower producer Champagnes on the market.

·    Current cellar master Laurent Fresnet won the International Wine Challenge “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” award in 2015 and 2016.

 

THE STORY TO KNOW

Champagne Henriot is an independent, family-owned house in Champagne. The Brut Souverain is the house's most important wine, both in terms of fame and production, and is made of roughly equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a smaller proportion of Pinot Meunier.

The Henriot family control roughly 35 hectares (87 acres) of vineyards, scattered around the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. These provide around 20 percent of the company's needs, with most of the remainder supplied by regular contract growers. Pinot Noir is selected mainly from the premier and grands cru vineyards on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims, while the Chardonnay comes largely from the Côte des Blancs.