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.
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.
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(mostly chardonnay and pinot noir, with a bit of pinot meunier; sourced from over 25 different crus; disgorged in April, 2012; L1215610412): 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.
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.