Champagne Henriot Cuvee 38
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Cuve 38 is the quintessence of the Henriot style and a truly unique and audacious wine.
- Cuve 38 (“Tank 38”) was created in 1990, as Joseph Henriot’s vision to isolate a tank and create a blend exclusively comprising four of the most prestigious Grand Cru Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs: Chouilly, Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Every year since that day, a portion of the harvest is added to the tank to continue the process – called “Perpetual Reserve.”
- Due to the prestigious and limited nature of Cuve 38, only 1,000 bottles are released each year, all in magnum. The resulting wine is one of outstanding freshness, depth and balance. The older wines bring complexity and layers of aromatics; the younger wines provide balance with freshness, power and lift.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Considered the “blood of the house”, as the wine is used for reserve wine is each of the non-vintage cuvees. Only 1000 magnums are produced each year
Tasting Notes: This unique champagne reveals itself with a pale yellow color, tinged with delicate golden highlights. The bouquet is marked by intense minerality and white peach, with notes of brioche and browned butter.
NV – 93 Wine Spectator
Brut Souverain is made up of a balanced proportion of Chardonnay, the majority from the Côte des Blancs, and Pinot Noir, mostly from the Montagne de Reims. Pinot Meunier adds a delicate fruity note. More than 25 crus are assembled, including the following village crus: Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly, Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay, Beaumont, Sillery, Mailly Champagne. The composition of Brut Souverain changes from year to year to take account of climate variations and to perpetuate House style. The Henriot family’s hallmark of richness, elegance and depth is maintained in part by exceptionally high standards regarding its reserve wines. The Brut Souverain benefits from an addition of up to 20% reserve wines from a number of different vintages in the Champagne Henriot library; one of the largest percentages of reserve wines in Champagne