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    7
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  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

A perfect illustration of Maison Henriot’s mastery of the assemblage, this cuvee is composed in equal parts of pinot noir and chardonnay, conferring elegance on its complex structure. Produced with respect for family tradition, this cuvee - which comes exclusively from Champagne’s Grands Crus - is made only in exceptional years.

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Vintage 1996

The name “Enchanteleur” borne by this rare wine refers to the cellar workers in the days when vinification was carried out only in barrels. Their work consisted in particular of piling up the casks on wooden beams. It was said that they “put the casks on chantiers (gantries)”, that they “enchantelaient”... They traditionally enjoyed the privilege of making for themselves a small Champagne cuvée produced from the finest wines.

The 1996 vintage

A mild, dry and very sunny January was followed by a glacial February. Temperatures dropped rapidly, but a strong north wind prevented the frost from penetrating the vines. Budburst occurred in mid-April but the frosts returned at the start of May, accompanied by some precipitation, thus slowing down the vine’s growth. After a warm, sunny start to June, then a brutal drop in temperatures, flowering started in mid-June. The summer alternated rainy spells and very hot stretches but, fortunately, it was blue sky during the first weeks of September, with the harvest starting on 14 September. The 1996 vintage can be qualified as exceptional, with wines that will see long ageing.

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Henriot Cuvée Enchanteleurs 1996 Magnum deg. 2011 Intense, vibrant, youthful but open nose with ripe fruit, yellow apples, white peach, citrus, lemon, lemon oil, white flowers and minerals. Turns a bit more toasty with air but it stays in the background of the mineral tinged fruit. Full bodied and racy with a fruity attack, filled with white peach, yellow and green apples, grape fruit, nuts and minerals that continues seamless over to the very long and grippy finish. This is a very powerful and concentrated baby that need plenty, plenty of time. A classic and fantastic Enchanteleurs! Drink 2022-2046 94p
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Medium-deep lemony colour. Generous coffee, toast, so rich and round. Full, round juicy elmony. Huumaavan parfyyminen, tiivis, chewy, long and concentrate, linear acidity.
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Reims, Champagne

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 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1996  ( Henriot )

"Henriot Cuvée Enchanteleurs 1996
Magnum deg. 2011

Intense, vibrant, youthful but open nose with ripe fruit, yellow apples, white peach, citrus, lemon, lemon oil, white flowers and minerals. Turns a bit more toasty with air but it stays in the background of the mineral tinged fruit.

Full bodied and racy with a fruity attack, filled with white peach, yellow and green apples, grape fruit, nuts and minerals that continues seamless over to the very long and grippy finish. This is a very powerful and concentrated baby that need plenty, plenty of time. A classic and fantastic Enchanteleurs!
Drink 2022-2046
94p


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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1996  ( Henriot )

"Medium-deep lemony colour. Generous coffee, toast, so rich and round. Full, round juicy elmony. Huumaavan parfyyminen, tiivis, chewy, long and concentrate, linear acidity."

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