N.V. Henriot Brut Souverain

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$36.95

$50.00+ LIST PRICE!! WE STOLE THIS!!

"A toasty version, framed by firm, citrusy acidity, this features a lively bead and flavors of crushed raspberry, grilled nut, candied grapefruit zest and toasted brioche. Drink now through 2018. 2,500 cases imported." (WS)

"Featuring, as usual for this cuvee, a relatively high proportion of Chardonnay; no Meunier; and 15-20% reserve wine, Henriot’s NV Brut Souverain Disg. 4/2012 offers a delightfully crunchy-yet-creamy, slaw-like amalgam of fresh apple, celery root, grapefruit and almond, to which a whiff of elder flower adds aromatic allure. The lush mid-palate takes a faintly oily turn even as tart citricity wells up with greater impact, leading to a luscious finish that irresistibly urges one take the next sip. I fancy this being best enjoyed over the coming year.

Henriot owns close to 75 acres, yet their own vines account for only one-quarter of their production. Ironically, the Henriot family may be better-known internationally today for the extraordinary qualitative surges over which they have presided since acquiring Fevre in Chablis and Bouchard Pere et Fils in the Cote d’Or than they are for their Champagne. On this occasion, I was only able to sample the trio of cuvees that form the foundation of Henriot’s portfolio, and I shall have to taste vintage-bottlings in preparing next year’s report." (WA)

"(60% pinots noir and meunier, with 40% chardonnay; L1106921210): Light, green-tinged yellow. Musky, mineral-accented pear and peach pit on the nose, with a jolt of lemon zest adding vibrancy and lift. Deep but dry, with very good intensity to its smoky citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Shows very good power and vivacity on the finish, which echoes the mineral note." (VM)

"Although sporting the rich, bake-shop aromas of full autolysis, this expressive Brut does not tip too far into the extreme toast of its long-aged, late-disgorged cousins, and it hangs on to a slight touch of fruit still. Its flavors tend to dryness and its dosage is never obvious, and, if not quite as deep or expressive on the palate as its aromas predict, it is well-balanced and enlivened by a long stream of tiny, pinpointy bubbles. Reviewed: December 2015" (CG)

"A fresh, clean champagne with sliced apple, pear and lots of mineral character. Full to medium body, crisp acidity and a long finish. Lots of citrus undertones. Bright and steely. This is mostly 2009, with the remainder from reserve wines. Four years on the lees. This is very focused. 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir. Drink now." (JS)

"There is great intensity to this finely crafted Champagne. It's rich and toasty, with flavors of ripe gooseberries and, in this example, some good bottle age. Henriot, which also owns Bouchard Pere et Fils in Burgundy, is obviously on a good streak at the moment." (WE)

WHEN ON SPECIAL FOR $36.95, THIS MAY EASILY BE THE BEST CHAMPAGNE IN THE UNDER $50.00 RANGE CHAMPAGNE HENRIOT, BRUT SOUVERAIN

I guess I should point out that in this reviews heading when I mentioned the “under $50” range that the normal price for this remarkable Champagne is in the $49.95 plus category. So now when you find it for $36.95 at L.A. Wine Company you can see what a bargain it is.

The firm of Henriot began in 1808, though its sterling reputation is more recent, aided by the fact that its remarkable winery owner is now the owner of Bouchard Pere and Fils in Burgundy and is the one responsible for its rise from generations of mediocrity to now one of the greatest of all Burgundy firms.

Most of the grapes come from Henriot properties of which many are in the highest ranked Grand Cru category. They also bring a different touch to there Champagnes with the use of a higher then usual per cent of Chardonnay and little or no Pinot Menurie.

Their prestigious Brut Souverain is characterized by an appealing bright straw golden hued color. The effervescence is seriously pervasive and crowned by its numerous elegant pin point bubbles and while in the bouquet you’ll notice appealing honeysuckle along with ripe citrus fruits and pears.

On the palate there is a most lively, fresh and wonderfully balanced combination of ripe apples, fresh yeast dough and touches of pineapple, cherries and tangerines, accompanied by a truly remarkable, super refreshing citrus acid level.

The only said thing about it, is that when my wife and I had it with fresh Caviar on New Years eve-our supply was limited to (alas) only one bottle.

RATING: 95 (Compared to other Champagnes under $50, it deserves a 97/98).
PRICE: $36.95 *****bargain
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)


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