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HENRIOT CUVEE HEMERA BRUT CHAMPAGNE '05
HENRIOT CUVEE HEMERA BRUT CHAMPAGNE '05
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HENRIOT CUVEE HEMERA CHAMPAGNE 2005

Virtuoso & Luminous

A definite jewel in the Henriot portfolio, its name is a tribute to the Greek Goddess of day and light, HEMERA. The fruit of a unique vintage, together with a blend of six iconic Grands Crus Champagnes, this Champagne - more than any other - epitomises Henriot's luminous style.

THE 2006 VINTAGE
A rude winter followed by a mild spring and a month of dry, cool and sunny weather during harvesting, created the perfect conditions to make wines of truly great quality.

THE ART OF BLENDING
The quest for absolute harmony and the virtue of time. HEMERA Champagne is only made in exceptional years from an exclusive blend of Grands Crus chardonnay and pinot noir in equal measure, sourced from Henriot's villages of choice in Champagne:
- Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, from Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger
- Pinot Noir from the north of the Montagne de Reims, from Mailly Champagne, Verzy and Verzenay. Given the quintessential character of these 6 prestigious vineyards, HEMERA 2005 reveals intense balance and freshness characteristic of the entire Henriot range.

THE SENSES
The perfect balance of luminous style; freshness and aromatic breadth in complete harmony. Yellow and gold-tinged in appearance. A constant stream of bubbles forms a lovely string of gossamer bubbles. Full-flavoured fruitiness, offering notes of apricot, stewed citrus fruits and pate de fruit, leads on the bouquet. Delicate roasted notes are peppered with a toasty and acacia honey-like quality. On the palate, pinot noir picks up the mantel, offering exquisite velvety structure, and masterful, delicate intensity. Delicate fruit flavours come to the fore, with notes of fresh and slightly candied citrus fruit. The aromatic intensity continues on the palate with subtle, honeyed, and delicately toasted notes, which bring rare value and presence to this Champagne. The resolutely low dosage plays its part in retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of its primary ingredients.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Best served at 9-10C, Hemera 2005 is an exceptional Champagne with unique ageing potential. Can be enjoyed immediately as an aperitif or to celebrate something really special, or can also be kept for a further 5-10 years in the safety of a dark cellar to allow the Champagne to further flourish over time.

TOP TIPS FROM CHIEF WINEMAKER LAURENT FRESNET
"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 cuvee into a rich Champagne blessed with magnificent expression."

Winemaker Notes:

A definite jewel in the Henriot portfolio, its name is a tribute to the Greek Goddess of day and light, Hemera. The fruit of a unique vintage, together with a blend of six iconic Grands Crus Champagnes, this Champagne - more than any other - epitomises Henriot's luminous style.
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

Critical Acclaim:

97 points - Decanter
"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."

96 points - Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection
"Only produced in the top years, this wine, named apparently after the Greek goddess of daylight, has just achieved maturity. It is rich in notes of almonds and toast that meld together with the ripe white fruits. It's a great wine that is impressive and ready to drink, although it will also easily age further."

93 points - Wine Spectator
"Rich hints of baked plum and marzipan are enlivened by sleek, well-knit acidity in this harmonious Champagne. The fine, lively mousse carries flavors of poached quince, honeysuckle, smoked hazelnut and lemon pith. Drink now through 2028."

91 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The inaugural release of the new tete de cuvée from Henriot, the 2005 Cuvée Hemera is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger) and Pinot Noir (from Mailly, Verzy and Vezernay) that was aged for 12 years sur lattes and disgorged with five grams per liter dosage. The wine is still quite tight-knit after its recent disgorgement, unwinding in the glass with a refined bouquet of ripe citrus fruit, crisp yellow apple, lemon confit and freshly baked bread. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and concentrated, with a layered, tight-knit core, racy acids and a precise, chalky finish. It's a very creditable effort in the challenging 2005 vintage-and a Champagne that I admired for its depth and precision-so it will be interesting to taste future releases from more propitious years."

90 points - Wine & Spirits
"This is Henriot's prestige cuvée, a blend of equal parts chardonnay and pinot noir from six grand cru villages, aged for a minimum of 12 years on the lees. In 2005, it's soft and rich, with the scent of brioche and the pale fruit character of cherimoya. Ready to drink on release, it's a sumptuous wine for seared diver scallops.

750ml