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Grower Champagne - Henriot (375ml), NV, Blanc de Blancs

Sparkling, Old World, Champagne from the Côte des Blancs, France


Lemony with hints of brioche. Ideal with canapes and fish or chicken in creamy sauces.

Why we recommend this wine
First, we prefer to buy Grower Champagne, that is, champagne made by the person who grows the grapes (as against using bought-in grapes). Second, we love champagnes that include aged wines in the blend that give the hints for brioche but retain the freshness.

The wine
100% Chardonnay sourced primarily from Premier and Grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, around the villages of Mesnil sur Oger and Avize. In addition, at least 40% of the wine is from reserve wines and also contains a small quantity of their prestige Cuve 38 champagne. This wine is made in the style of a perpetual reserve and made exclusively from Grand Cru chardonnay. The dosage is less than 8g/l. After bottling the champagne rests for 4-5 years in their cool, dark cellars in Reims.

The wine estate
In 1808, Apolline, the widow of Nicolas Henriot, took over the wine estate and founded the House of Henriot. In 1880, Marie Marguet married Paul Henriot, bringing with her some of the best Chardonnay plots on the Côte des Blancs hillsides and the style of the domaine’s wines began. The domaine is one of the rare Champagne houses that have stayed in the same family for over two hundred years.

The exceptional proportion of wines from Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards, the ageing times and the quantity of reserve wines used in producing each blend illustrate the demanding standards that are only possible thanks to the freedom to make decisions, years of experience and the imagination to create the future. www.champagne-henriot.com

Food and wine
Champagne is better if it has been opened and allowed to breathe for 20 to 30 minutes before drinking. We didn’t believe it when we were first advised to do this but it really works. Just open the bottle and leave it in the fridge; it will not lose its bubbles but will taste much better.
In addition to the creamy white meat or fish dishes some have suggested that the ideal accompaniment is roast chicken and green peas (in our family the jury is still out on that suggestion).
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Most good Non-Vintage Champagne contains blends of different vintages, the older vintages being referred to as reserve wines. Their purpose is to provide a consistent champagne from year to year and, if the reserve wine is 5 or so years old, also to provide age and greater complexity to the blend.

  • Cutlivar

    Chardonnay

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    12%

£29.60

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