Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV (Champagne, France) "...green apple, toast, mineral..."
The House of Henriot is one of the rare Champagne houses that have stayed in the same family for over two hundred years. With no outside influence, the house is uninhibited in its pursuit of quality first and foremost in every one of their wines.
To faithfully reproduce Henriot’s house style every year, the Brut Souverain may contain up to 50 different crus in a cleverly orchestrated balance. All three non-vintage wines - Souverain, Blanc de Blancs and Rose - are aged for four years on lees prior to disgorgement, and include 40% reserve wines. Champagne Henriot enjoyed extraordinary success at the 2016 Decanter and IWC awards, receiving a gold medal or best-in show trophy for every one of their wines.
"A beautifully fine mousse indicates the class of this finely crafted wine. It has some weight, flavors of green apples, with hints of fresh apricots. There is extreme freshness here, the style dry but rich. This bottling tastes young and would be worth aging six months." 94 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
"How would you like a refined and elegant Champagne? Well, I know I often like this expression most of all, especially with the season's best catch when prepared without heavy sauces and spicy distractions. The Henriot Brut Souverian is simply superb. Light straw color, pinpoint bubbles, steady mousse; fresh green apple aromas, with just a hint of autolysis (or yeastiness), medium bodied, active and scintillating on the palate; quite crisp; dry, excellent acidity, well balanced; bright mineral and green apple flavors; long finish, frisky and fine aftertaste. (Tasted: March 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA)" 93 Pts - Wilfred Wong, Wine.com
“Very pale. Fragrant, smoky nose with lots of depth and a certain refreshing green fruit quality (as opposed to green, underripe quality). Very pale. Fresh, Chardonnay attack. Good, firm, savoury wine. Very deep and toasty and real evolution. Fine mousse. Sophisticated champagne. Really very fine and sophisticated – could withstand comparison with some much more expensive champagnes.“ 18/20, Jancis Robinson MW
"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." 91 Pts - James Suckling