There are 3 vintages that make up the Les Mémoires Collection: 1959, 1971, and 1981. These three vintages are considered to be the best of the house thus far and are just now being released into the US market. Cuvée des Enchanteleurs is a blend of the House's six historical crus, each represented in equal part, through a singular year.
Each vintage of this Champagne is therefore the expression of the continuity of the "founding" terroirs of Maison Henriot, through the singular character of a specific year.
The terroirs offer a base, a structure, a charisma, a hierarchy. The year offers intensity, a division of roles, an expression, and a translation.
THE "MÉMOIRES" DISTINCTIVENESS SINGULARITY
These bottles were preserved in the cellars for several decades. The Henriot family, through Gilles de Larouzière Henriot, 8th generation, accompanied by Alice Tétienne, Cellar Master of the House, have selected specifically these three vintages to recount a new era of life of this Champagne.
Each bottle is tasted individually and then manually disgorged. This disgorgement is made in the respect of the traditional method, which requires a very special expertise. At this step, the champagne reveals itself completely and after several months of rest, the bottle reveals all its history and experience.
CUVÉE DES ENCHANTELEURS 1959:
"Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1959 is endowed with eternal youth, characterized by charisma and elegance. On the nose, notes of fresh citrus and yellow fruits intertwined with subtle oaky and smoky nuances. The aromatic is very intense, sublime, and in perpetual motion.
On the palate, it astonishes with its incredible freshness. The structural uniqueness of the terroirs reveals itself. This smooth, generous, and full champagne sublimize the tasting experience as unique, memorable and extraordinary"
CUVÉE DES ENCHANTELEURS 1971:
"1971 is a vintage that stands out with its strong position and its assertive character. The aromas range from thyme, bay leaf, and pine, to fruit notes such as ripe yellow fruits and stone fruits. It seems to reflect and astonishing generosity in a difficult year, made of resistance and fights against the climate.
On the palate, its distinctive character comes from its infinite dimensions, the present structure and the olfactive persistence. 1971 cannot be ignored; it incites our curiosity and shows great complexity."
CUVÉE DES ENCHANTELEURS 1981:
"The distinctiveness of Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1981 is striking. Indeed, the range of aromas is unique. On the nose, it reveals iodine notes, subtle reduction, great power, nonchalance and elegance. This grandiose profile doesn’t leave anyone indifferent.
The palate offers a perfect continuity to the nose. Aerial, lively and unique at the same time. There is presence and intensity. Exquisiteness and distinction of Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1981 undoubtedly will mark the minds."
6 crus: Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly-Champagne, Avize, Mesnil-Sur-Oger and Chouilly