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Henriot Millesime 2008

Mix 12
£232.00
Mix 6
£234.00
Per Bottle
£238.00
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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.

Weather in 2008: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | From 10 crus including Trépail, Mailly-Champagne, Verzenay, Avenay in Montagne de Reims, Avize, Chouilly in Côte des Blancs
Grape Varieties: 53% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir
Lees Ageing: 13 years
Disgorged: January 2022
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: Now to 8+ years

Tasting Note: Citrus fruit and yellow fruit aromas dominate on the palate, together with vine peach and nectarine, and a discrete floral, blossom dimension. Subtle notes of honey and candied lemon bring a full-flavoured edge, together with silky character. Freshness and airy lightness command on the palate. Grapefruit, apricot, citron and fresh citrus fruit come to life, followed by lingering notes of pate de fruit, yet constantly underscored by great minerality. Very long, refined, silky and refreshing on the finish.
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Expert Reviews
95/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“A gently scented nose promises a subtle wine. Air brings a distinct notion of red fruit, evocative of plum and candied cherry. The palate sweeps in with exquisite balance and a three-dimensionality that gives as much room to fruity heights and chalky depths. The mousse is elegant, creamy and carries beautiful length.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Delicate and flirtatious. Gentle. Very successful though not that assertive on the nose.”
95/100
Roger Voss
“Packed with fruit while hinting at mature toastiness, this wine is now in perfect balance. Its white fruits are from half-and-half Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, shot through with acidity while having a ripe character. Rich while also crisp, it is ready to drink.”
94/100
Andreas Larsson
“Medium deep golden colour with a gentle mousseux. Ripe nose with some development, autolytic brioche, butter notes with red berries, ripe pear and pain d’épices notes, rather Pinot it feels. Dense palate, ample with layers of fruit like raspberry, pear, mild spices, ginger, clove and a creamy mousse, very vibrant freshness giving a lift to the unctuous fruit with a very long and balanced finish. ”
17/20
Tim Jackson MW
“Biscuity with a hint of marmite. Crisp, dry, layered and spicy. Toasted brioche finish with good length.”
93/100
Allen Meadows
“There is ample petrol character to the cool, pure and beautifully fresh nose that combines notes of citrus and yeast with those of green apple and a whiff of pain grillé. I really like the sense of tension and energy to the intense, delineated and solidly complex flavors that are supported by a firm and reasonably fine effervescence before culminating in a very dry, highly complex and superbly persistent finish. The outstanding 2008 vintage in Champagne can count another winner as this is a wine to buy and age in quantity. Note that while this could certainly be enjoyed now, I would continue to hold it for another 2 to 5 years.”
91+/100
William Kelley
“Henriot's 2008 Brut Millésimé spent eight years sur lattes before disgorgement with six grams per liter dosage and is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wine displays a gently reductive nose with notes of citrus and stone fruit mingling with suggestions of freshly baked bread, oyster shell and smoke. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a voluminous but notably fine mousse, bright acids and an elegantly chalky finish that's delicate but penetrating. This is a comparatively supple, open-knit example of the taut 2008 vintage, but I suspect it will gain appreciably with bottle age.”
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