Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1996 (6 x 750mL), Champagne, France.

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Overview

The quintessence of the Henriot style, this cuvée is dominated by Chardonnay, lending elegance to its complex structure. Produced with respect for family tradition, this great cuvée appears only in exceptional years. A wine from Champagne’s greatest terroirs.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Winery Tasting Notes

Assamblage

So as to enhance the remarkable character of the 1996 vintage, Champagne Henriot chose to add Pinot Noir’s power to the elegance of Chardonnay (in the majority). Supplies came mainly from among six of Champagne’s most prestigious Grands Crus: Mailly Champagne, Verzy and Verzenay on the Montagne de Reims, and Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs.

Appearance

Radiant, warm and limpid yellow-gold. Fine, persistent effervescence.

Palate

The nose is dominated by aromas of fresh fruit and slightly candied citrus fruit, followed by floral notes that offer an airy, discreet and pleasant bouquet.

Palate

Lots of freshness, a sign of remarkable purity and great finesse. The wine shows excellent maturity, revealed gradually on the palate: dried fruit, caramel, spicy flavours.

Food Matching

Wild river trout with roasted almonds. Bresse chicken with spice honey and winter fruit.

Wine Background

?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.

Cellaring Potential

Will keep another 4 - 6 years.

Vintage
1996
Region
FRA - Champagne
Grape Style
Champagne
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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.

A unique elegance, a chiseled style From the first standards established by Apolline Henriot, who founded the house in 1808, Henriot champagnes have been distinguished by their finesse, exceptional elegance, complexity and striking, brilliant richness.

The assemblage

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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