THE 2006 VINTAGE
The year started with a dry winter, which created a slight water deficit for the vines. Spring was cold on the whole, with a cool spell that lasted from end-May to the start of June. This period was followed in the second half of the month by quite warm weather, with higher-than-average temperatures. August was cool, with violent storms and heavy precipitation. The sun and warm weather returned at the beginning of September. At that time, all indices were satisfactory, confirming a quality harvest to come. It started on 13 September in sunny weather, with very healthy grapes.
To enhance the remarkable character of the 2006 vintage, Champagne Henriot has blended the strength of the pinot noir and the elegance of the chardonnay from 6 of the most prestigious Grands Crus in Champagne : Mailly Champagne, Verzy, Verzenay on Montagne de Reims, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Chouilly on Côte des Blancs.
In total over 15 crus go up to make the Brut Millésimé 2006, mainly from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims: Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Chouilly, Mareuil-surAÿ, Avenay, Verzy, Verzenay.
Dosage: lower than 10g/l
Eye: The colour is light yellow with lovely golden highlights, while the bubbles are very fine, forming an excellent bead of effervescence.
Nose: The nose is delicious and mineral, revealing notes of red fruit (candied raspberries and strawberries) and fresh hazelnuts.
Palate: The attack is lively and fresh, with excellent structure. Notes of dried fruit (hazelnut) appear, followed by touches of rosemary and chopped parsley. The finish is long, revealing pastry notes (brioche, buttered bread).
Filet mignon of pork with chopped parsley. Grilled chicken brochettes and young vegetables. Grilled rack of veal with vegetables.