Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne

SKU #1034207 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is great Champagne, in the bottle-aged Henriot style. It’s a classic Chardonnay, ripe, creamy, packed with yellow fruits, and finely balanced with a great waft of toast. A high percentage of older vintages in the blend gives this wine richness, maturity, without ever losing its crisp edge.  (12/ 2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This rich Champagne offers notes of roasted hazelnut, brioche and smoke, layered with vibrant acidity and a fine mousse to create an overall sense of finesse. The bright hints of black currant, poached quince, pickled ginger and licorice are fresh and juicy, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2023.  (10/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Featuring, as usual for this cuvee, a relatively high proportion of Chardonnay; no Meunier; and 15-20% reserve wine, Henriot’s NV Brut Souverain Disg. 4/2012 offers a delightfully crunchy-yet-creamy, slaw-like amalgam of fresh apple, celery root, grapefruit and almond, to which a whiff of elder flower adds aromatic allure. The lush mid-palate takes a faintly oily turn even as tart citricity wells up with greater impact, leading to a luscious finish that irresistibly urges one take the next sip. I fancy this being best enjoyed over the coming year.  (11/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. Red berries, orange peel and a toasty nuance on the perfumed nose. Chewy redcurrant and citrus fruit flavors show good depth, with a smoky mineral nuance providing lift. Closes spicy and long, with repeating smokiness and a touch of anise. This cuvee includes about 20% reserve wine.  (12/ 2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Mixing a bit of aged yeast, baked bread character with notes of fruit and freshness, this wine is of two minds in its aromas but is perhaps helped along a bit by it. It is frothy and a touch coarse on the palate with suggestions of chalk and brioche and a mild hint of sweetness at the front before turning appropriately tight and somewhat austere towards the back. We enjoyed this one alongside fresh-shucked oysters.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2014  | Send Email
Amazingly bright and moussey. Pure golden honey in color, and clean yet luxurious minerality on the palate. Boy would this pair well with sushi! This is an uber value and a superbly elegant classic style of Champagne!

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2014  | Send Email
Beautiful toast aromatics on the nose open up to amazingly fresh green apples and quince on the palate. How a grand marque can make such an elegant cuvee at this amazing a price is truly impressive!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/30/2014  | Send Email
This is one of the last great deals in grand marque Champagne! The house of Henriot is one of the last of the big name negociants to stay independent, and that independence has allowed them to focus on quality in the bottle. This Champagne is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 25 crus within the region, many from their own 87 acre estate. The Souverain has a lovely toasty quality that is nicely balanced by a refreshing zing. It is a perfect aperitif!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/2/2008  | Send Email
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Although the majority of the blend is pinot noir, the crisp chardonnay fruit stands out on the nose. Refreshing citrus, green apples and minerality are the dominant characteristics and they create refreshing and clean scents that are reminiscent of a fine blanc de blanc. On the palate, there is also a crispness that makes for a lighter style of sparkling wine. Pears, limes, nectarines and (again) a hint of minerality are at the forefront. On the finish and at the back of the palate are cream and vanilla from the pinot noir. This is a very solid Champagne at an excellent price; it’s a one-time deal, so when we run out, it’s finis!

 By: Paul Dodd |  Review Date: 9/26/2009 
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After a year and a half as a Champagne club member, I finally found "the one" I was looking for! This is a great bubbly and a steal at this price. Wonderful fresh, crisp green apple flavors that linger for a long time on your palate.

 By: Pamela / Jon Day / Hollister |  Review Date: 12/31/2008 
Very delicious - drinkable. Full, not sweet, not dry. Went well with bacon wrapped dates. I know, castor oil would be good with bacon wrapped dates --- but Henriot is fabulous especially for the club price. I would take it over VC anyday.

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12