Champagne Henriot has unveiled a new, fruit-forward and floral prestige expression to replace Cuvée des Enchanteleurs: Cuvée Hemera.
Launching with the 2005 vintage – the wine has spent a formidable 12 years on the lees – Hemera represents ‘a complete change of vision’ for Henriot’s prestige cuvée, according to cellar master Laurent Fresnet.
‘One of my missions was to work on Enchanteleurs, to put Enchanteleurs much closer to our main range, much more to the key points of Henriot fruitiness and freshness,’ said Fresnet.
The radical shift in style was the idea of the late Joseph Henriot. ‘Joseph told me that this was his vision for this wine,’ said Fresnet.
Like Enchanteleurs, Hemera is a 50/50 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend, sourced from six Grands Crus: Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly for Pinot Noir; and Chouilly, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for Chardonnay.
The key to Hemera’s fresher, more floral style, said Fresnet, is to pick at the right time without too much ripeness. ‘We work on the maturity of the fruit,’ he explained. ‘We’re not looking for exotic flavours.’
With a dosage of 5g/l, Cuvée Hemera’s strengths are its finesse, purity and remarkable youth, with notes of lime blossom, honeysuckle and jasmine leading into cooked citrus flavours and honey.
Super-fresh and deceptively complex, it should be a versatile match for seafood, lightly-flavoured poultry dishes and mature cheeses such as Comté.
Cuvée Hemera 2005; £180 RRP; John E Fells & Sons; 01442 870900