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NV Henriot Brut Souverain
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Reviews for Henriot Brut Souverain
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, January 2015
The new release of the non-vintage Henriot Brut Souverain is excellent, and one of the finest I have tasted in several years from this consistently well-made bottling. The maison does not like to unveil specific...
The new release of the non-vintage Henriot Brut Souverain is excellent, and one of the finest I have tasted in several years from this consistently well-made bottling. The maison does not like to unveil specific information on cépages or disgorgement dates for their non-vintage blends, but Thomas Henriot did volunteer that the new release is based on the 2011 vintage and is quite consistent in terms of cépages with past releases, which means a bit more chardonnay than pinot noir in the blend, and just a touch of pinot meunier, so let us estimate that this is fifty-five percent chardonnay, fifty percent pinot noir and five percent pinot meunier. In any case, the wine is excellent, offering up a bright and complex nose of apple, pear, orange zest, warm bread and chalky minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, elegant and complex, with a fine core, refined mousse and excellent length and grip on the zesty finish. There is a nice note of toastiness on the backend from the reserve wines in the blend, that typically will range from fifteen to twenty percent of the blend of the Brut Souverain. An excellent new release of this bottling- I only wish Champagne Henriot would follow the lead of some of their Grandes Marques brethren and supply a bit more information about disgorgement dates on the back labels, so that one could know which iteration of Brut Souverain one was purchasing.
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2015
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. — A.N.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2015
Light gold. Lees-accented orchard and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by sweet butter, iodine and smoky minerals. Dry and expansive on the palate, offering lively pear and melon flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch...
Light gold. Lees-accented orchard and citrus fruit aromas are complicated by sweet butter, iodine and smoky minerals. Dry and expansive on the palate, offering lively pear and melon flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of orange pith. Ample but lithe brut, with very good finishing punch and repeating smoke and pear qualities. -- Josh Raynolds
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