Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne
*Editors' Choice* A beautifully fine mousse indicates the class of this finely crafted wine. It has some weight, flavors of green apples, with hints of fresh apricots. There is extreme freshness here, the style dry but rich. This bottling tastes young and would be worth aging six months.
Well-structured and powered by firm acidity, this offers notes of glazed apple, black cherry, candied lemon zest and toasted brioche, with a lingering hint of mineral. Clean finish. Drink now through 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Souverain is a tasty, entry-level offering laced with ripe pears, apricots, biscuit and spices. It shows lovely mid-palate presence and an accessible personality ideal for drinking over the next few years. Dosage is 8 grams per liter...
Henriot's vineyard has been around since the 1700s, but they didn't begin producing bubbly until 1808. Composed of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir the Souverain Brut tends toward a lighter, more crisp style with decent acidity and flavors of green apples, pears, limes, nectarines and a light bit of minerality. Also has some cream and vanilla on the finish.