Source: Issue 242 End of April 2019, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Apr 2019 (RP-89)
The latest release of Henriot’s NV Brut Souverain is showing well, wafting from the glass with notions of lemon oil, pastry cream, dried white flowers and fresh walnuts. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, pure and incisive, with brisk acids, good concentration and tension at the core and a bright, tangy and nicely persistent finish. Given the quality and the comparatively modest tariff, I’m tempted to suggest that this represents the sweet spot in Henriot’s range. This is lot L1824210218, disgorged in February 2018 with less than eight grams per liter dosage.
Drink Date: 2018 – 2028
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (JS-89)
An array of peach and citrusy pastry aromas lead to a palate with bright peach fruit flavors and fresh bread dough to close. Smooth, even, neat and easy. Drink now.
THE ART OF BLENDING
The exceptionally high proportion of chardonnay (50%), balanced to perfection with pinot (45% pinot noir and 5% pinot meunier) can be thanked for the unique character of this Champagne. More than 25 cru wines from the finest Champagne terroirs in Cotes des Blancs and Montagne de Reims make up the blend, together with 30% of precious reserve wines. All these elements allow Laurent Fresnet, Cellar Master, to create the ultimate blend, and year after year recreate, with amazing consistency, this unique signature style. Each bottle is then left to rest for more than 3 years in the cool, calm surrounds of our cellars in Reims.
Straw-gold, bright and clear in appearance. A lovely bead in the glass forms a cortege of regular, delicate bubbles. On the nose, the Champagne offers magnificent, vivacious character. Citrus fruit aromas are followed by a cavalcade of floral bouquets, elderberry and vine blossom. Delicious brioche notes and the simplicity of lightly toasted bread and roasted almonds. Well balanced and harmonious on the palate, summoning flavours of brioche, together with crunchy cherries and the sun-kissed blush of white peach. Clean on the finish, with all the freshness of just-picked walnuts.
Best served at 8C