REIMS - FRANCE
The House of Henriot is one of the rare Champagne houses that have stayed in the same family for over two hundred years. With no outside influence, the house is uninhibited in its pursuit of quality first and foremost in every one of their wines. The exceptional proportion of wines from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards, the ageing times and the quantity of reserve wines used in producing each blend illustrate the demanding standards that are only possible thanks to the freedom to make decisions, years of experience and the imagination to create the future.
The son of a wine grower, Chef de Cave Laurent Fresnet has won the International Wine Challenge 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' award for two successive years, in 2015 and again in 2016. Laurent arrived for the harvest in 2005 and now encapsulates the Henriot House style in every champagne, with a true expression of terroir. Henriot is a Chardonnay dominant Champagne house, producing some of the finest blancs that are precise, elegant and luminous.
To faithfully reproduce Henriot’s house style every year, the Brut Souverain may contain up to 50 different crus in a cleverly orchestrated balance. All three non-vintage wines - Souverain, Blanc de Blancs and Rose - are aged for four years on lees prior to disgorgement, and include 40% reserve wines.
Henriot Brut Souverain NV
18 points, Jancis Robinson MW -“Very pale. Fragrant, smoky nose with lots of depth and a certain refreshing green fruit quality (as opposed to green, underripe quality). Very pale. Fresh, Chardonnay attack. Good, firm, savoury wine. Very deep and toasty and real evolution. Fine mousse. Sophisticated champagne. Really very fine and sophisticated – could withstand comparison with some much more expensive champagnes.“
Henriot Blanc de Blancs NV
95 points, Huon Hooke -“Light to medium straw colour. The bouquet is delectably complex and refined, with candlewax, straw, toast, creamy and freshly shelled nut aromas. The taste is rich and complex, profound and smooth, with an irresistible texture and refinement, coupled with intensity and tremendous persistence. It has tremendous focus. A really outstanding non-vintage blanc de blancs…“
Henriot ‘Cuvee Hemera’ 2005
97 points, Decanter -“This long awaited new prestige cuvée, Hemera - named after the ancient Greek goddess of daytime - is a perfectionist creation of Henriot’s villages, all Grands Crus. It's a brilliant medley of top Chardonnay from cooler Chouilly and the poised weight of Avize and Mesnil, combined with equally rigorous grand cru Pinot from north Montagne, Mailly and Verzenay.“
Henriot ‘Cuve 38’ NV
97 points, Decanter -“Not the first time I’ve witnessed the other worldly freshness that can be sustained by annually refreshing a grand old solera, but I was stunned by the unbridled joy of youth radiating from this glass. The wisdom of maturity is articulated in secondary richness, but its’s still far from tertiary in its development. It will effortlessly take another 25 years in its stride.“
Henriot Brut Rose NV
95 points, Decanter
Henriot Brut Rose 2008
97 points, Decanter