Richard Juhlin & Björnstierne Antonson had a sit-down a few weeks before the rest of the wine writers of the world with chef de caves Alice Tétienne, as the first people outside of the Henriot team, to taste the new 2008 Henriot ‘Cuvée Hemera’.
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Joseph Henriot is one of Champagne’s most important historic men. After having been the boss of Veuve Clicquot for many years, he returned to Henriot in 1994, without the vineyards, which LVMH retained. Since retaking control of the family brand, the house has embarked on an ambitious vineyard purchase program and relies on contracts for the rest of their needs for Champagne Henriot. Purchases are dominated by fruit from the grands crus, especially Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and the north of the Montagne. The house emphasizes a style led by Chardonnay, although there is almost an equal quantity of structured Pinot Noir from the north face of the Montagne in the villages of Mailly, Verzy, and Verzenay. For a while the firm was run by his modest and extremely competent son, Stanislas Henriot and since 2012 by Richard Moreau.