1998 Henriot "Cuvée des Enchanteleurs" Brut Champagne

SKU #1078045 95 points Wine Spectator

 Like finely woven silk, this offers beautiful texture, sublime balance and integration. Rich apple pastry, candied orange peel, crystallized honey and dried apricot flavors are layered with hints of smoke, sea salt and toasted nut. Lovely, with a fresh, persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. (AN)  (12/2011)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 A 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from grands crus in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs, this emphasizes chardonnay in mature scents of golden delicious apple crisp and ripe Bosc pear. Pinot Noir gives it muscle, guiding the wine’s richness toward meaty dishes like pheasant roasted with morels. Acidity zips up the finish, keeping the nutty, caramelized aspects in check. A mouthwatering wine at a delicious moment of maturity.  (12/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Brut Cuvee des Enchanteleurs flows from the glass with juicy yellow peaches, apricots, mint, flowers and light honey. The wine shows gorgeous textural depth along with an utterly refined, impeccable mousse. All the flavors meld together seamlessly on the rich, buttery finish. This is a beautiful, complete Enchanteleurs to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 1998 is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Champagne Mailly, Verzy, Verzenay, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Chouilly, all Grand Cru villages. (AG)  (11/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright gold. Poached pear, flowers, honey and toasty lees on the smoky, spice-accented nose. Broad and juicy, offering open-knit orchard and pit fruit flavors braced by tangy acidity. Smooth, sappy and smoky on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and closing bite. Tighter than the outstanding 1996 version and missing just a bit of that wine's heft. (JR)  (11/2011)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Very mild reduction doesn't prevent the pretty raspberry and strawberry aromas to be appreciated. There is a very fine bead and associated mouth feel to the classy and delicious flavors that possess excellent depth on the serious, restrained and impressively persistent finish. This is quite dry and while it certainly could be enjoyed now, I would continue to cellar it for another few years and then drink over the next decade.  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir.

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2011 | Send Email
I've always put the Enchanteleurs on my top ten list of tete du cuvees, and its showing at this year's tent event solidified its standing! While the 1995 was the actual vintage being poured, it just proved that the Enchanteleurs is outstanding no matter what. While elegantly sophisticated in its youth, I recommend putting away the 1998 for a few years cause what stuck out the most for the '95 was the beautiful hints of roasted hazelnuts and leesy minerality.

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