The 2008 Henriot Millesime keeps getting better every time we taste it! The direct supplier brought in a bottle last week, and Taylor and I tasted it and were very impressed. A blend of 50 % Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir sourced from several premier crus and grand cru village sites. This Champagne is kept on the less for a minimum of 6 years, and the dosage is perfect at 6 g/l. 2008 also marks the two hundred anniversary of this famed estate. This Champagne is just started to develop some secondary characteristics, and it possesses incredible rare material and underlying power. Henriot does a terrific job with this Champagne, and you would be hard-pressed to find any grower or house Champagne as good for the money. This Champagne ages excellent too, and we have had great bottles in the last year of the 1979, 1990,1996 vintages. The 2008 Henriot Millesime is a true masterpiece in the making!
Decanter 96 points! "An undramatic, cloud-filled season came right in a late harvest in October. A textbook cool vintage of great ageing potential. The perfect 50/50 balance of mineral-stamped Chardonnay and powerful, masculine Pinot makes this a champagne for patient drinkers, as it will take time to reach its peak. Vibrant acidity is joined by notes of white flowers and that magnificent mineral structure."
John Gilman 93 points! "The 2008 Henriot Brut Millésime is composed of its traditional cépages of fifty percent chardonnay and fifty percent pinot noir. It was aged eight years sur latte and finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. The wine is beautifully pure on the nose in the style of this lovely vintage, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, delicious apple, brioche, a touch of almond pastry dough, lovely, chalky soil tones and a bit of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and superbly well-balanced, with bright acids, refined mousse, a fine core and a long, complex and vibrant finish. This is drinking very well at age eleven, but is still a tad tightly-knit and more mid-palate generosity will emerge with another five year or so in the cellar. Very impressive juice."