Source: Issue 262 End of August 2022, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Aug 2022 (RP-94)
When Gilles de Larouzi?re took the reins chez Henriot and tasted the vins clairs of the 2016 vintage with his team, one cuv?e from Avize stood out from the crowd enough that it seemed to merit a tirage of its own. The result is the 2016 Brut L’inattendue, disgorged after four years on the lees with four grams per liter dosage. It’s a demonstrative, expressive Champagne, bursting with aromas of white peach, crisp orchard fruit and confit lemon mingled with subtle hints of buttery pastry, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and attractively vinous palate, its fleshy core of fruit complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. Already drinking well, it’s testimony to the exciting things happening at this historic house.
Drink Date: 2021 – 2040
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (JS-92)
This first single-vineyard bottling for Henriot has aromas of dried lemons, pears, chalk, sourdough, brown rice and blanched almonds. It?s medium-bodied, fresh and fine with creamy bubbles and bright acidity. More delicate and somewhat restrained. 4g/l. Disgorged March 2021. Drink or hold.
Created by the 8th generation of the Henriot family, represented by Gilles de Larouziere Henriot, L’inattendue (The Unexpected) is an illustration of one of the principles of savoir-faire carried out by the House since its foundation: the cultivation of diversity of the Champagne terroirs. This cuvee reveals a terroir through a singular year and a unique grape variety.
This cuv?e cannot leave one indifferent. The aromatic profile is precise, fine, chiselled. It?s a real statement. Minerality and citrus fruit dominate. Indeed, it is chalky, ethereal and the fresh lemon expresses itself, accompanied by mentholated notes.
In the mouth, it is a perfect coherence. This one is straight, tracing. Intensity and precision guide the taste perception.