Henriot Blanc De Blancs Nv Champagne
1 or more bottles$130.00
Huon Hooke96 points
Roger Voss93 points
Wine Spectator92 points
Gilbert and Gai92 points
Jancis Robinson17 points
The bottles of Blanc de Blancs remain for a period of 3-5 years in the calm and dark of the Henriot caves in Reims.
Pure, concentrated and expressive, with floral (honeysuckle, orange flower, linden), fruity (lemon, dried apricot, almond) and pastry aromas, followed by spicy notes. The attack is dynamic, full and powerful, with aromas of lightly toasted brioche, quince jelly and acacia honey. The clean, delicious finish develops on a light menthol note and shows excellent length.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"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. (2007 base; 30% reserve wines; minimum 5 years on lees)"
"This is great Champagne, in the bottle-aged Henriot style. It's a classic Chardonnay, ripe, creamy, packed with yellow fruits, and finely balanced with a great waft of toast. A high percentage of older vintages in the blend gives this wine richness, maturity, without ever losing its crisp edge."
"Sleek acidity lends fine balance to the rich notes of honey, toasted brioche and nut in this version, filigreed with flavors of patisserie apple, candied lemon peel and fleur de sel. Offers a long, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2020."
Gilbert and Gaillard92
"Bright yellow-gold. Focused, expressive and racy nose suggestive of ripe white fruits with notes of toast. A rich, full Champagne with intense aromas and well-integrated exuberance. Serve with fish in a cream sauce."
Jancis Robinson MW17
"Nicely mature nose and well balanced on the palate. Fresh and appetising but no excess acidity. Very attractive aperitif champagne with a slightly chalky finish."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.
Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.
Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.
Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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About the brand Champagne Henriot
Henriot is a Champagne producer in the Reims region of Champagne, France. Founded in 1808, the Champagne house produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvée, sourcing fruit from beautiful terroir – mainly Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. The Henriot family has long protected and promoted the Champagne region. Henriot has been under family ownership since 1994, when Joseph Henriot left Veuve Clicquot to manage the estate. In 2015, Gilles de Larouzière Henriot, eighth generation family member, succeeded his uncle Joseph, becoming president of Maisons et Domaines Henriot. Today, he is responsible for the longevity of the Champagne house.