2016 Henriot, L'Inattendue Chardonnay Grand Cru, Champagne, 6x750ml

2016 Henriot, L'Inattendue Chardonnay Grand Cru, Champagne, 6x750ml

“This cuvée cannot leave one indifferent. The aromatic profile is precise, fine, chiselled. It’s
a real statement. Minerality and citrus fruit dominate. Indeed, it is chalky, ethereal and the
fresh lemon expresses itself, accompanied by mentholated notes.

In the mouth, it is a perfect coherence. This one is straight, tracing. Intensity and precision
guide the taste perception.”

Alice Tétienne,
Cellar Master of Maison Henriot

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £525.00

Critics Score: 17.5++

Publication: Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com

Drinking Dates: 2022-2035

Not the most powerful, or linear, or focused of the Henriot wines tasted in this line-up, but it is the one that stole my heart. It has that childlike delight and in-the-momentness of lemon sherbet dancing on the tongue and space dust popping in the mouth and a chain of daisies on fine blonde hair catching summer sunlight. It's a wine that wants to play. And yet it's serious, too. It has millefeuille layers of brioche, chalk, walnut, pith, grapefruit and apple.
100% Chardonnay
100% Grand Cru
Dosage at 4 g/L

The year 2016 was defined by a complex weather patterns with mixed nuances. After a calm and serene start to the year, the spring brought heavy rainfall. This abundance of rain persisted until the beginning of the summer, which then brought extreme drought. The harvest, which started on September 18th for Maison Henriot, was spread out with a certain heterogeneity of maturation.

The Côte des Blancs & the Grand Cru of Avize
On the winegrowing hillside of the Côte des Blancs, different chalk facies are visible, from the bottom of the hillside to a high limit. This chalk is covered, on the upper part, by hard clay and limestone from the Tertiary (65 to 25 million years ago). The Grand Cru of Avize is an integral part of the Côte des Blancs. It is revealed here through Henriot L’inattendue 2016 which perfectly reflects this geological profile. Historically, Chardonnay has been planted on this terroir, offering a perfect balance between soil, vine and climate.