Global Masters Wine of the Week: Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain

Every week, we select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it. Enter the Global Masters, and this could be your wine.

(Photo: Champagne Heriot)

It may not be as well-known as Moët, or as brightly-packaged as Veuve Clicquot, but Champagne Henriot deserves a place in the ice-bucket for its distinctive style, its quality, and its value for money.

Although it comprises a blend of the classic grapes of Champagne, it is dominated by Chardonnay, and consequently has a delicious dollop of lemon and peach fruit flavours, and a toasty, even slightly smoky character, reminiscent of fine white Burgundy.

And, with a fairly low dosage of less than 8g/l, it is a refreshing style of fizz, that is ideally suited for the classic Champagne moment – the aperitif.

So, the next time you are wondering what Champagne to serve your guests, don’t forget this Gold-medal-winning Brut from Henriot.

The wine: Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain

The source: Champagne, France

The grape(s): Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (45%), Pinot Meunier (5%)

Reserve wine: 30%

Time on lees: 3 years

Dosage: 7-8g/l

The style: A dry, taut style of Brut Non-Vintage Champagne with fresh fruit flavours of lemon and white peach, along with with a note of toast, and a touch of smoke – reminiscent of a freshly-struck match.

The winemaker: Laurent Fresnet

The price: £35

The medal: Gold – The Champagne Masters, 2018

With high-quality judges and a unique sampling process, the Global Wine Masters provides a chance for your wines to star, whether they hail from the great vineyards of Europe or lesser-known corners of the New World.

It’s a competition dedicated to making winners out of winemakers.

Please visit the Global Masters website for more information, or please call +44 (0)20 7803 2420 or email Sophie Raichura at: sophie@thedrinksbusiness.com

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