About This Wine
Henriot is an example of French “family winemaking” at its best.
The estate is family owned and operated, and the family takes great pride in “touching” each bottle before it is whisked out of the cellar. You can taste that pride and attention to detail in each and every bubbly sip.
Henriot wines are different from other Champagnes in another important way: Most of the blends — including the featured Brut Souverain — contain more Chardonnay (anywhere from 40 to 60 percent) and less Pinot Meunier (often around only 10 percent) than is typical for the region’s sparkling blends.
It’s simply a stylistic preference, and it’s a preference that finds its way into the bottle because the cuvee’s makeup need not be approved by a corporate committee. Ultimately, the family bottles the wine that it believes tastes and “feels” best. And in a wine world occasionally accused of embracing “sameness,” that’s what sets the sparkling wines of Henriot apart.
Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France.
- Grape Composition:A Blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
- Grape Source:Champagne Growing Region of France
- Aromas & Flavors:White Flowers, Cream, Apple and a Hint of Almond
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionappetizers, or Sunday brunch fare.
A beautifully fine mousse indicates the class of this finely crafted wine. It has some weight, flavors of green apples, with hints of fresh apricots. There is extreme freshness here, the style dry but rich. This bottling tastes young and would be worth aging six months.: