Henriot Cuvée Hemera 2006
The name Hemera is a tribute to the Greek goddess of daylight and represents this Champagne's lively style and precision, achieved only through winemaking wisdom passed down through the generations and the patient passing of time. The grapes for Cuvée Hemera 2006 are sourced entirely from the six original Grand Cru parcels that founded the house in the early 19th century, with Pinot Noir sourced from Apolline Henriot's original 1808 parcels in the northern Montagne de Reims villages of Mailly Champagne, Verzy, and Verzenay; and Chardonnay sourced from the Côte des Blancs villages of Chouilly, Avize, and Mesnil-sur-Oger from parcels acquired by the family in 1880 through marriage of Apolline’s great grandson, Paul Henriot to Marie Marguet of the Côte des Blancs. In blending these six original Grand Crus together for Cuvée Hemera 2006, Maison Henriot aims to honor its founder, heritage, and well-established legacy of producing prestige cuvées with precision and expertise of the terroirs they are proud to be a steward of.
The 2006 vintage in Champagne was a year of great contrast, which is reflected in the tension and concentration of Cuvée Hemera. The bouquet offers notes of white flower, vanilla, mineral and saline accents characteristic of the chalk parcels of the Côte des Blancs; contrasted by a lively palate of candied fruit, apricot, ripe peach, nectarine, and grapefruit.
Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
This mature wine is finely structured with a delicate mousse and forward toast and brioche flavors. At the same time, the texture and the white fruits are still there, creating a magnificent Champagne with texture and richness in a taut, tight package. Drink the wine now.
Mature and generous nose of baked raspberries, figs, cocoa, honeycomb, marmalade, praline and apricot pie. It’s medium-to full-bodied with vibrant acidity and very creamy bubbles. Saline undertones with lovely salted-caramel notes. Expansive. Equal blend of Grand Cru pinot noir and chardonnay. 5g/l dosage.
Refined and minerally, with a pleasing plushness to the mouthfeel, this elegant Champagne offers delicate notes of juicy nectarine, grated ginger, toast point and spun honey, all backed by well-knit, zesty acidity, driving the lingering finish with accents of smoke and saline. Drink now through 2030. 250 cases imported.
Henriot's newly released 2006 Brut Cuvée Hemera is showing very nicely, offering up aromas of wheat toast, crisp stone fruit, dried white flowers, smoke and iodine. Medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping, with a generous core of fruit, bright acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a mouthwateringly sapid finish. The cuvée's rather reductive style marries well with the inherent opulence of the vintage, and it marks a notable step up over the inaugural 2005 in depth and concentration.
The 2006 Cuvée Hemera, Henriot's top wine, is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards. Toasty and open-knit, with soft contours, the 2006 is an alluring Champagne that will drink well upon release. Baked apple tart, brioche, lemon confit, spice, vanillin and a classic touch of reduction add character throughout. All the elements come together so effortlessly.