The famed family-owned Maisons and Domaines Henriot, recently released a vintage collection of champagne perfect for special celebrations. Named Les Mémoires, the collection includes three bottles which have been aging for decades in the cool cellars in the champagne house in Reims, France. Vintages hail from 1981, 1971 and 1959.
Despite their ages, each vintage – taste-tested by the cellar master and vineyard director – is vibrant, lively and fresh.
“Tasting these treasures brings unparalleled emotion and pleasure,” said CEO and President Gilles de Larouzière Henriot. “Through the release of singular vintages, I am happy to share these ‘Mémoires,’ embodying a piece of champagne’s history.”
The 59 and 81 vintages are prestigious Cuvées, while the 71 is a Millésimé.
The 1959 Cuvée Des Enchanteleurs is equally blended from the house’s six historical crus on the lees for more than 60 years. It offers a fresh citrus bouquet while it is complex and full-bodied on the palate with extended finishes of fig, honey and brioche. It is USD$6,000 per magnum.
The Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1981 is a thoroughbred grand cru aged for 40 years on lees. That year resulted in a small harvest due to challenging weather conditions, but yielded high quality wines. The nose reveals notes of iodine, while it is lively, yet elegant on the palate. It is USD$1,000 a bottle.
The Millésimé 1971 is a marriage of grand and premier crus aged for 50 years on lees. That year the winter was cold and a spring frost destroyed or delayed the flowering of much of the champagne. Retailing for USD$800, this vintage has aromas including thyme, stone fruit and pine. It has a persistent finish and a complex palate.
Henriot’s Les Mémoires collection is available nationwide in the US and can be purchased at select fine wine retailers.
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