Henriot Brut Champagne, France
Henriot Brut Champagne, France
"Sovereign Elegance: The Essence of Henriot Brut"
A Legacy of Luminescence
Champagne Henriot, a beacon of independence and familial dedication in the heart of Champagne, presents its crown jewel, the Brut Souverain. Embodied with equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and complemented by Pinot Meunier, this cuvée encapsulates the soul of Henriot's 200-year legacy. Founded in 1808 by Apolline Henriot, the house has flourished under the ethos of showcasing the land's splendor through the art of champagne making. The Brut Souverain, with its blend of over 29 crus and a judicious mix of reserve wines, is a testament to the Henriot family's commitment to excellence and ability to capture the essence of their terroir across generations.
Nurtured within a 35-hectare tapestry of vineyards that span the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims, and the Côte des Blancs, Henriot's vines are the foundation of their exquisite champagnes. These vineyards, a source of about 20% of the house's grape needs, are complemented by longstanding partnerships with contract growers, ensuring a consistent supply of the highest quality grapes. The strategic selection of Pinot Noir from the sun-kissed slopes of the Montagne de Reims and the pristine Chardonnay from the chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs is pivotal to the Brut Souverain's signature blend.
The Craft Behind the Cuvée
- Composition: Roughly 45% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 15% Meunier
- Crus: Over 25 selected, embodying the finest of Champagne's terroir
- Aging: More than 3 years, fostering complexity and finesse
- Dosage: Less than 8g/L, striking a perfect balance between richness and refreshment
A Palette of Precision
The Brut Souverain's visual allure is matched by its olfactory and gustatory brilliance. Its straw-gold hue and fine bubbles set the stage for a refreshing and precise nose, offering an aromatic dance of citrus, yellow fruit, vine flower, and elderflower, with undertones of brioche and toasted nuances. The palate is greeted with vivacity, balanced with a full texture that unfolds brioche, vanilla, and fruit layers. Citrus notes lead to a refreshing and elegant finish, making each sip a discovery of Henriot's mastery over champagne crafting.
Henriot's Brut Souverain shines brightest when paired with culinary creations. From the delicate flavors of thin monkfish fillets in creamy saffron sauce to the hearty embrace of a rabbit and cabbage stew, this Champagne elevates every dish, promising a dining experience that is both refined and memorable.
Service and Storage
For those seeking to experience the Brut Souverain at its peak, a serving temperature of 8°C is recommended. This cuvée, while ready to enchant today, also possesses the aging potential, promising to unveil its full complexity over 5 to 10 years in the cellar.
Henriot Brut Souverain: A Toast to Timelessness
With every glass of Brut Souverain, Henriot invites you to partake in a legacy that has illuminated the world of Champagne for over two centuries. This cuvée is not just a drink but a journey through the rich tapestry of Champagne's history, a tribute to the Henriot family's enduring pursuit of excellence, and a celebration of the land that continues to inspire and captivate champagne lovers around the globe.
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