The Audacity of Independence
Founded in Reims in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the few remaining family-owned houses with over two hundred years of independence. Over the years, the house has been cultivating a distinctive style of its own, guided by the pursuit of the purest expression of Chardonnay
- Chardonnay driven style - precise, elegant and luminous.
- Remarkably high proportion of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards
- Higher portion of reserve wines including our most audacious cuvée: Cuve 38, our perpetual reserve with over 20 vintages.
“What makes our champagne so special is that it is sourced from beautiful terroirs, mostly Grand & Premier Cru vineyards. Thanks to our independent status, I can dedicate the time and care they require to craft the most luminous champagnes and perpetuate the unique style of the House.”
- Laurent Fresnet, Cellar Master, Director Vines & Wines
Laurent Fresnet was born and raised in Reims, the heart of the Champagne region in France. As the scion of several generations of wine growers in the Montagne de Reims area, he knew from an early age he was destined to work in Champagne. A graduate of the University of Reims with degrees in Biochemistry, Oenology, and Wine Management, he also studied in Avize, a well-known Champagne research center.
After graduation, Laurent went on to work in many renowned wine-producing regions including: New Zealand, South Africa, Portugal, Germany, Southern France, and Burgundy. Laurent joined Champagne Henriot in 2006, assuming the title of Cellar Master, Director Vines & Wines, where he oversees everything related to the vines and wines that go into the house’s cuvées.
Laurent defines Champagne Henriot’s house style as the culmination of unique terroirs, combined with freshness, fruitiness, minerality and high ageing potential. Fresnet puts critical importance on supply in maintaining Champagne Henriot’s consistency and quality. He keeps a very close watch on the wine growers, then focuses his attention on blending, using a selection of reserve wines with a high potential for ageing, dominated by Chardonnay, to obtain perfect maturity before disgorgement.
Laurent resides in the village of Sillery, one of the 17 Grand Cru villages of Champagne, with his wife and two children. He enjoys outdoor activities including tennis, snowboarding and skiing. He frequently entertains at home; his most memorable wine is Champagne Henriot’s Millésimé 1959, the first vintage made under Joseph Henriot. Remarking on its maturity and authenticity it was “simply incredible”.
Laurent was recognized by International Wine Challenge as "Sparking Winemaker of the Year" in 2015 & 2016 and awarded the "Len Evans Trophy for consistency over 5 years" in 2018.