There is always a reason to stop by Prime Winebar at Östermalmstorget in Stockholm. Today it is 1996 Henriot Millésimé. I love the Henriot style, and their Cuvee des Enchenteleurs is the work of dreams. Their 1988 still send shivers down my spine...
And I also took a glass of Henriot Blanc de Blancs just to have some comparison (not that I wanted one more glas of champagne, oh no).
Henriot Blanc de Blancs
A fine, soft, creamy nose with notes of lemon cream, freshly baked bread, white flowers and a touch of lime peel. Very nice. A touch of dry honey and matchboxes.
The taste is all about finesse, sweet yellow fruit and drinkability. Not a hard edge in sight. The acidity cleans up the mouth nicely at the end. Very easy to like, and to drink.
87p (tasted 2012/03)
1996 Henriot Millésimé
There were more than 15 crus assembled in this vintage that consist of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay. The nose is much deeper than de Blanc de Blancs, with lovely scents of buttered warm bread, mature peaches, mature yellow apples and a lovely flinty/smoky note. A fine mature nose.
The taste is big, round, mature and intense with a tight core of lemons, apricots and yellow apples. A very fine acidity takes care of the finish. Very, very long. A lovely maturity. Maybe a tad more mature than some other 1996 tasted recently, but a beautiful wine none the less.
92p (tasted 2012/03)
Now, what to move on to next...?