Champagne Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This blend of Premier and Grand Crus takes this great vintage year, which also marks the 200th anniversary of Maison Henriot ; 1808 – 2008, to even dizzier heights.
- A blend comprising some ten Premier and Grand Cru Villages, this vintage celebrates what could only be described as a unique year.
- This exceptional year, in pure Henriot style, brings great ageing potential to this elegant and generous Champagne, which will evolve resolutely over time.
Varietal Composition: 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: All the grapes harvested for this wine originate from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. This wine is aged for a minimum of 6 years on the lees which provides wonderful aromatics and a distinctive texture.
Tasting Notes: Clear, gold and sparkling in appearance. Tiny, delicate bubbles. Citrus fruit and yellow fruit aromas dominate on the palate, together with vine peach and nectarine, and a discrete floral, blossom dimension. Subtle notes of honey and candied lemon bring a full-flavored edge, together with silky character. Freshness and airy lightness command on the palate. Grapefruit, apricot, citron and fresh citrus fruit come to life, yet constantly underscored by great minerality. Very long, refined, silky and refreshing on the finish. Low dosage brings with it exquisitely harmonious balance.
2008 – 91 Wine & Spirits | 91+ Wine Advocate | 92 Wine Spectator | 95 Wine Enthusiast | 96 Decanter
Founded in Reims in 1808, Champagne Henriot celebrated its 200th birthday in 2008; joining the very exclusive circle of independent 200-year-old family owned and managed champagne houses. Over the years Champagne Henriot has cultivated a unique style of its own, guided only by the pursuit of the rich, pure expression of Chardonnay. Strict grape requirements enable Henriot to highlight the minerality and precision of their vineyards, while the use of malolactic fermentation, a high percentage of reserve wines in their cuvées and extended lees aging result in wines of great expression, elegance, and depth. “Time is our ally and patience our secret” says Joseph Henriot. “They are the fundamental elements to our success.”