Henriot Cuvee Hemera 2005
This Champagne bears the finesse and liveliness of spring. The mineral freshness of the finest Chardonnay heightens the delicious accents of the very best Pinot Noir. Finally, the elegant patina of time transforms this cuvée into a rich Champagne blessed with magnificent expression.
Blend: 100% Grand Cru vineyards of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot noir
"This long awaited new prestige cuvée, Hemera - named after the ancient Greek goddess of daytime - is a perfectionist creation of Henriot’s villages, all grands crus. It's a brilliant medley of top Chardonnay from cooler Chouilly and the poised weight of Avize and Mesnil, combined with equally rigorous grand cru Pinot from north Montagne, Mailly and Verzenay. 2005 saw a cold winter, mild spring and very hot July into August, with humidity causing rot in Pinot Noir in the minor sites. The Chardonnay was more successful in the warmth of September, giving a rich, Burgundian style. This has a gold tinged colour and an exquisite mousse, with full Chardonnay aromas of apricots, citrus fruits, toast and honey. It has a masterly grand cru Pinot mouthfeel of satin, subtle and honeyed, intense without heaviness. The lower dosage of 5g/l makes it an ideal match with fish. Aged on its lees for 12 years." 97 Points Decanter Magazine