Champagne Henriot - Blanc de Blancs NV
|Unit Quantity (ml):||750|
|Unit Quantity (ml):||750|
Henriot Blanc de Blancs is the cornerstone of Henriot’s signature style showcasing minerality and complexity. It is testament to the sheer virtuosity of the Champagne House with its Premier and Grand Cru vineyards and its rich history, which is inextricably linked to its prestigious Chardonnay terroirs. Crafted from a majority blend of grapes sourced from Premier and Grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, notably from the villages of Mesnil sur Oger and Avize, precious reserve wines also account for at least 40% of the blend.
Wine tasting notes
Pale gold, glistening and crystal-clear in appearance. The lively bubbles form a delicate, gossamer cortege in the glass. The bouquet releases a flourish of minerality and bold freshness, together with aromas of citrus fruits and sun-kissed white peach. A bouquet of fresh flowers unleashes notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom, interweaved with lime flower. Fruit aromas redolent of lemon and dried apricot lead the wave, followed by pastry notes and a typical suggestion of fresh butter. Initially lively, generous and powerful on the palate. The hint of fresh lemon lingers and dissolves into butter-laced brioche notes, extended further by quince paste and acacia honey. Lovely, fresh and quite delicious length on the finish.
One of the oldest family-owned houses in Champagne, enjoying seven generations of uninterrupted ownership since the late 1700s. Unlike other Grande Marques the family focuses on developing strong bonds with the world of gastronomy. The unmistakable Henriot style is the expression of the exclusive use of Grands and Premiers Crus vineyards without the use of Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noir is sourced from the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims delivering a supportive backbone and elegance, the perfect balancing support to enhance the delicate complexity of Chardonnay, which is sourced primarily from Grands Crus in the Cote des Blancs. Brut NV is aged for four years before release (three on lees and one in bottle). The house speciality of Blanc de Blancs is aged for an extra year and all the larger formats are aged for an extended period relative to their size.
Perfect by itself, but as a complex wine is also a good match with canapés, fish and chicken. Try with Caviar if you're feeling decadent.
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.
Attractive light lemon and almond biscuity notes with dried white flowers and a flinty edge. The palate has elegant citrus-focused flavor with a bright citrus thread and a neat, fresh, gently cashewy finish. Drink now.
Intense, complex floral nose with a touch of white fruit. Fruity, sharp, lively, persistent in the mouth with a mainly citrus aftertaste.