Only made when the harvest yields an exceptional vintage, the Cuvée is sculpted from a blend of the finest Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs in equal parts. Only the quintessence of six prestigious Grands Crus villages that embody Maison Henriot are selected to make the blend (Mailly Champagne, Verzy, Verzenay, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Avize and Chouilly) with their most representative parcels for 2006.
The absolute harmony is the result of a carefully mastered balance of precise structure and extensive aromatic range, freshness on the palate and lengthy on the finish. Unprecedented brilliance.
Unveiled from the darkness of the ageing cellars, Cuvée Hemera 2006 is truly appealing, exceptional and generous.
It reveals spring notes as well as the hot weather with heavy rains that are representatives of summer 2006.
The delicate bubbles form a steady stream of mousse with divine effervescence. The Champagne is brightly-tinged and golden yellow in appearance. The bouquet offers a wealth of elegant aromas, featuring notes of white flowers, linden leaf, and underpinned by a hint of vanilla. Candied fruit notes of apricot at the front of the palate pave the way for a hint of spice.
The quintessence of the great terroirs. The magnificent freshness on the palate contrasts with the nose. Precise and mineral, a layer of iodine and saline accents are the characteristic of the most prestigious chalk parcels of the Côte des Blancs. This freshness complements the notes of ripe peach, nectarine and grapefruit. Notes of pastry and spiced fruit impart the lengthy finish.
THE 2006 VINTAGE WAS A YEAR OF GREAT CONTRAST THE ART OF BLENDING
The season commenced with a dry winter and extended into a chilly spring. Then, summer arrived with very hot weather and extremely high temperatures, contrasted by an unseasonably cool August with violent storms that ravaged the region. Heavy rains then replenished the chalk soils in the Champagne vineyards. The warm sun returned in time for the harvest, by which point the fruit was fully ripe.
THE VIRTUE OF TIME
As for each Cuvée of Maison Henriot, the tasting guides the release date of the new vintage. From its conception to the final tasting, Cuvée Hemera reveals both the passage of time and Nature’s guiding hand. The exceptional quality of the fruit promises expression of rare potential. Beyond the expression of a unique vintage, Cuvée Hemera spends at least 12 years ageing in the darkness of our cellars, after few months ageing in tank before bottling in order to reveal its stunning complexity as well as perfect balance.