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Henriot L'inattendue Blanc de Blancs 2016

Mix 12
£106.00
Mix 6
£108.00
Per Bottle
£112.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Henriot Champagne was officially founded in 1808 under Apolline Henriot. She was the niece of the very famous Abbé Godinot, an erudite man who contributed to improvements in viticulture and the making of the Champagne wine. Apolline, an enterprising woman of great character, sold her wines both in France and became a huge success with royalty and Champagne Henriot became the favourite firstly at the Dutch court, then in Austria and Hungary. She passed on her savoir-faire to her grandson, Ernest and there the Henriot family tradition was born. From generation to generation, the House of Henriot has devoted all its talent to creating the most superb wines from grapes carefully selected from the great terroirs on the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs.

Apolline Henriot believed Chardonnay to be a light with multiple intensities that she wanted to show to the world. When Paul Henriot, 3rd generation of the family, married Marie Marguet in 1880, owner of vines in the Côte des Blancs, Apolline’s desire for Chardonnay is fulfilled, twenty years after her passing. In order to pay tribute to this new vineyard for Maison Henriot, the family started to craft a champagne made exclusively from the lands planted with Chardonnay.

Created by the 8th generation of the Henriot family, Gilles de Larouzière has created L'inattendue, "The Unexpected," wanting to show off the strength of single village Chardonnay selecting four vineyards in Grand Cru village of Avize to show case "The Unexpected" terroirs, the first in a series to highlight memorable terroirs over the coming years.

The champagne has the beauty of pure, ripe chardonnay, citrus with hints of tropical dominate the aromatics and when you taste it you see some of the richness in the texture, that chalky rich mid palate and more vanilla and patisserie notes come forward. Finishes super fresh and energetic. A striking new champagne that looks set for a long future.

Weather: The 2016 vintage was not without its challenges. There was frost in late spring and very low temperatures in the vineyards, followed by a wet May, June and July, which increased the threat of disease. Thankfully August was warm and dry, which saved the crop, and harvest began on schedule in September. Fruit-forward, lush wines with vibrant acidity.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru Avize, Côte des Blancs, 4 plots: Les Regards, Les Avats, Les Chanteraines & Les Roches
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 4 years
Disgorged: 2021
Dosage: 4 g/l
Drink: Now for 10+ years

Tasting Note: Very fine nose with chalky restraint underneath extremely pure and transparent fruitiness. Ripe lemon and lemon confit notes meet the richness of tropical nuances, licorice and vanilla. On the palate the lazer-like precision is further accentuated by the wine’s fine, focused acid line and scintillatingly energetic feel. Youthful still yet there is further richness building up. The wine’s freshness, intensity and perfectly pure aromatics promise it a fine future. - Tasted by Essi Avellan MW
Champagne Henriot Overview
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Expert Reviews
94/100
William Kelley
“When Gilles de Larouzière took the reins chez Henriot and tasted the vins clairs of the 2016 vintage with his team, one cuvée from Avize stood out from the crowd enough that it seemed to merit a tirage of its own. The result is the 2016 Brut L'inattendue, disgorged after four years on the lees with four grams per liter dosage. It's a demonstrative, expressive Champagne, bursting with aromas of white peach, crisp orchard fruit and confit lemon mingled with subtle hints of buttery pastry, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and attractively vinous palate, its fleshy core of fruit complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. Already drinking well, it's testimony to the exciting things happening at this historic house.”
93 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“As opposed to the Henriot’s traditional culture of blending, in 2016 Gilles de Larouzière decided to capture the beauty of the year by bottling one of its best expressions as a single-varietal, single-village wine. L’Inattendue 2016 from four vineyards in Avize is a great first tribute to ‘The Unexpected’ terroirs of Henriot in a series that will from now on highlight similar memorable terroir expressions each year: Very fine nose with chalky restraint underneath extremely pure and transparent fruitiness. Ripe lemon and lemon confit notes meet the richness of tropical nuances, licorice and vanilla. On the palate the lazer-like precision is further accentuated by the wine’s fine, focused acid line and scintillatingly energetic feel. Youthful still yet there is further richness building up. The wine’s freshness, intensity and perfectly pure aromatics promise it a fine future. ”
17.5++/20
Tamlyn Currin
“Not the most powerful, or linear, or focused of the Henriot wines tasted in this line-up, but it is the one that stole my heart. It has that childlike delight and in-the-momentness of lemon sherbet dancing on the tongue and space dust popping in the mouth and a chain of daisies on fine blonde hair catching summer sunlight. It's a wine that wants to play. And yet it's serious, too. It has millefeuille layers of brioche, chalk, walnut, pith, grapefruit and apple.”
94/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“Amalfi lemon and butter combine on the nose just as they do in raw, buttery shortcrust pastry with grated lemon zest. More air and more temperature simply amplify that wonderfully ripe, sunny, buttery lemon scent and suffuse it with ozone. The palate then adds drive that is bedded in buttery generosity and cool, cool chalk, accentuated by lively mousse. This is rich and linear at the same time, informed by lemony energy and backed by rich, creamy autolysis. The finish is very clean and zesty and reveals the depth and richness of the wine.”
Awards
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IWC Gold 2022
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