Opened by friends to start the evening. I haven't tasted this in quite a while but have typically enjoyed it very much. Notes of stone, almond and white flowers with orchard fruit underneath. Stone and almond on the palate. Fine bead with softened acidity. Peach blossom qualities later on. I expected more from this. A current release, I'd hold it and hope for some depth and complexity but as a pop & pour, I am less impressed.
As always, fresh, nice and never disappointing. Flowers, clean sheets, ripe citrus & white stone fruits. Fresh palate, with good length and fine tart apples. One of the best standard bottles, that always delivers.
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(NV Henriot Champagne Brut Souverain) Light yellow color; baked apple, baked pear nose; tasty, tart pear, tart baked apple palate; medium-plus finish (disappointing after last year's more complex version)
(NV Henriot Brut Souverain) The base vintage is 2005 here, and the assemblage typically 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir and Meunier. Reserve wines account for 30% of the blend, and the wine spends three years on its lees. Lemon-tinged minerally fruit on the nose, and a supple style on the palate. Quite ripe in form. Touched by biscuit and apple, gently creamed. Good grip and acid and mousse here, good substance too. A very complete package.
(NV Henriot Brut Souverain) A brief note for this wine. It has a very elegant hue in the glass, and this characteristic is carried through on the nose and palate. Bright, nicely poised, gently nutty, this is fresh but with an admirably judged layer of flavour. Stylish, composed and rather winey, with a fine mousse. This is very good indeed.
(NV Henriot Brut Souverain) An appealing nose, of dry stony fruits. The palate is attractive, very nicely composed, with a soft and integrated mousse. At the core there are some nice acids, more fruit character like the nose, and overall a lot of harmony. The midpalate is a little richer. Overall this is a charming and approachable wine.
(NV Henriot Souverain Champagne Brut) Very recently arrived in the UK, this cuvée has a chalky and restrained nose, with a plentiful, youthful and exuberant mousse. It has a rather soft and broad presence on the palate, but behind it there is a lot of sharp structure from the acidity. Ideally this needs to be left to rest in bottle a while I think. Good.
(NV Henriot Brut Souverain) There is plenty of sulphur on the nose here, and I find it difficult to get past. The palate though is really very approachable, with firm acids and a well framed composition. Gently polished fruit, with a subtle almond character. Appealing, and very good potential, once that sulphur fades.
(NV Henriot Brut Souverain) A very reserved and austere nose here. Extremely forceful with its mineral sea salt character, it is in fact a little off-putting. But the palate is much more relaxed. It is full, with a creamy style coming through on the midpalate, and a firm, peppery acidity. Good firm composition. Very sharp acidity. I suspect this will do well in the cellar; it certainly isn't for drinking now.