2006 Champagne Henriot Cuvee Hemera



Winery notes:

“A definite jewel in the Henriot portfolio, its name is a tribute to the Greek Goddess of Daylight : HEMERA. The fruit of a unique vintage, together with a blend of six iconic Grands Crus Champagnes, this Champagne – more than any other – epitomises Maison Henriot’s luminous style.

“Only made when the harvest yields an exceptional vintage, the Cuvée is sculpted from a blend of the finest pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims and chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs in equal parts. Only the quintessence of six prestigious Grands Crus villages that embody Maison Henriot are selected to make the blend (Mailly Champagne, Verzy, Verzenay, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Avize and Chouilly) with their most representatives parcels for 2006.

“As for each Cuvée of Maison Henriot, the tasting guides the release date of the new vintage. From its conception to the final tasting, Cuvée Hemera reveals both the passage of time and Nature’s guiding hand. The exceptional quality of the fruit promises expression of rare potential. Beyond the expression of a unique vintage, Cuvée Hemera spends at least 12 years ageing in the darkness of our cellars, after few months ageing in tank before bottling in order to reveal its stunning complexity as well as perfect balance.

“The delicate bubbles form a steady stream of mousse with divine effervescence. The Champagne is brightly-tinged and golden yellow in appearance. The bouquet offers a wealth of elegant aromas, featuring notes of white flowers, linden leaf, and underpinned by a hint of vanilla. Candied fruit notes of apricot at the front of the palate pave the way for a hint of spice. The quintessence of the great terroirs.

“The magnificent freshness on the palate contrasts with the nose. Precise and mineral, a layer of iodine and saline accents are the characteristic of the most prestigious chalk parcels of the Côte des Blancs. This freshness complements the notes of ripe peach, nectarine and grapefruit. Notes of pastry and spiced fruit impart the lengthy finish. Uniquely irresistible. The low dosage of this cuvee plays its part in retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of the primary fruit.”

Critical Acclaim:

“97 points.

“This mature wine is finely structured with a delicate mousse and forward toast and brioche flavors. At the same time, the texture and the white fruits are still there, creating a magnificent Champagne with texture and richness in a taut, tight package. Drink the wine now.”