Henriot Blanc Souverain
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
100% Chardonnay, mostly from the vineyards of Mesnil sur Oger, Vertus, Chouilly and Trépail. 38% of the cuvee is from reserve wines.
"The blanc de blancs from Henriot has some fine, toasty, aged character. This is a rich, but still vibrantly fruity wine that shows some baked apple and pink grapefruit but also some maturity. A finely made wine, illustrating the benefits of some bottle age."
"Light gold. Smoky pear and peach on the nose, with subtle anise and grain qualities adding complexity. More plump than usual for this cuvee, offering ripe but focused orchard fruit and tangerine flavors of excellent depth. Finishes sappy and impressively long."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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."
Burghound.com - "A pretty and perfumed nose of high-toned citrus, floral and subtle brioche aromas leads to detailed, crisp and equally pretty flavors that are underpinned by firm effervescence and fine finishing depth on the notably dry backend. This is really quite good and I am pleased to see that the quality has not wavered since my review of this cuvée two years ago. Excellent quality in an understated style plus it will repay aging."
Wine Spectator - "Round and fruity, in a medium-bodied style, with peach, ginger and honey flavors. There's a graphite edge, and the acidity keeps this lively and focused. Drink now."
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright yellow. High-pitched aromas of lime, orange zest and green apple, with notes of dried rose, honeysuckle and a hint of smoky lees. Lively and precise but also richer than the straight Souverain Brut. Offers smoky citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are underscored by tangy minerality. The smoky note lingers on a long, sappy and sharply focused finish, which features a hint of vanilla."
Wine & Spirits - "Delicate floral scents highlight the rich flavors of pear and cream. It's supple in the middle, clean and elegant in the end. For roast sea bass with lemongrass and ginger."
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In spite of the destruction of most of the archives during the war, the installation of the family Henriot with Champagne is situated towards 1550. In this time, the Henriot family was in the head of different activities of trade (wine, wool …). It is the XVIII ème century when the family specializes in The wine activity. In 1808, some years after the death of her husband, Nicolas Simon Henriot, Appoline Godinot, creates the mark Widow Henriot Ainé, the first of all those créees in the XIX ème century. Supervised by this dynamic woman, Champagne Henriot acquires within 50 years an international fame which nothing will come to contradict. In 1850, king of Holland attributes at Home his royal patent, very desired distinction, confirmed in 1881 by prince Frédéric of Holland. Later, in 1905 , François Joseph, King and Emperor of the empire Austro-Hongrois, granted the supreme privilege to Alexandre Henriot To supply the Court of Hasbourg. The House Henriot is authorisée to reproduce the austro-Hungarian coats of arms on its commercial documents. View all Henriot Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.