If you’re a regular reader, you know I don’t believe in saving the bubbles for a special occasion. I believe in opening the bubbles and making today special. As Winston Churchill is credited to have said, ‘I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.’
Henriot Brut Souverain Champagne is a bold champagne. The only thing subtle about this champagne is the nose of clean Granny Smith apple. The rest of this exquisitely dry, brazen Champagne is unabashedly immodest. The palate is lively, dry, green apple and light notes of lemon. The bubbles are assertive and boisterous. And the finish of shortbread and white pepper kept me refilling my glass many more times than I care to divulge.
I’m usually a Piper girl. I love both the classic Piper Heidsieck Champagne and the American produced Piper Sonoma. But this Henriot Champagne is a completely unique alternative. It is the first Champagne I sampled that I couldn’t compare directly to Piper because it is just so different. If you want a softer Champagne, with lovely, fine bubbles to pair with more delicately flavored food go for the Piper. But if you want something lusty and intense that won’t shy away from spicy foods, barbeque or a really difficult week the Henriot Brut Souverain should be your first choice.
While Wine Searcher has this blend of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier average price listed at $50, I’ve seen sales where it comes in just under $40. About average in price, but outstanding in value. Bubbles are fun for grownups too!