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  • Country ranking ?

    992
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

Since 1808, Champagne Henriot, one of the last independent and family-owned houses in Champagne, has pursued a tradition of excellence – a fragile balance between delicacy, intensity, and purity. For seven generations, the family has selected only the very best vineyards, concentrated on the purity of chardonnay and has upheld the utmost respect for time in order to ensure the cuvee has an opportunity to reach its full expression.

 

The choices made in blending perpetuate the house style: chardonnay reigns in proportion (fifty to sixty percent). It brings finesse, elegance, richness and freshness. Pinot noir gives essential structure. Pinot meunier contributes fruit complexity. Non vintage wines may contain as many as fifty different crus in precisely orchestrated balance, with roughly twenty percent reserve wines. It is again Champagne Henriot’s task to impart a distinct personality to its wines. These wines, which may be a decade in age and are tasted at least every three months, comprise the house’s library, guaranteeing the perpetuity of its style.

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Fried duck Magret withmorello cherries.
Veal Grenadin inmustard sauce and vegetables of the season. Roast chicken stuffed withmushrooms in creamand thyme sauce.

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Vintage 1996

Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.

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The team from Henriot kindly pulled this out from the cellars – there are a few (or perhaps more likely that there were a few) available. Disgorged at the end of 2019. An absolutely stunning champagne. Always some fears with so much champagne dependent on a single cork but in this case, it could not have held up more impressively. Just wow! Hints of truffles, stone fruits, nuts. Perfect balance. A real lifeforce here. Wonderful and compelling complexity. Incredible length. AUD$1,000, which strikes me, if you have it, to be a wonderful bargain. 99.

  • 99p
Deep golden colour. Fragrant, powerful, bautful, red fruit nice coffee and gentle toast. Full and round, quite sweet and long, nice. Drinking perfectly. Not as toasty as usual.
  • 91p
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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