Henriot’s 2012 vintage wine is a little more than half Chardonnay and a little less than half Pinot noir. The grapes are from premier and grand cru sites in Trépail, Mailly, Verzenay, Avenay, Avize, and Chouilly. The wine spends eight years on lees and is topped to bring the finished sugar to 6 g/L.
The robe is pale gold with a busy bead that spirits skeins of tiny bulles across the surface. The aromas are fresh, flowery, and citrusy, with a bit of biscuit and toasted almond. The palate is shot through with sunlight, sunny fruits and minerals, and rounded-out with flavors of roasted hazelnut, marzipan, and cherrystone. Scintillant acidity yields to an expansive finish. It’s an opulent wine that will continue to age well.
2012 Henriot Champagne
12% ABV | $115 (sample); imported by Maison et Domaines Henriot America