The Champagne region is comprised of a great diversity of terroir, through different vines exposures, slopes, soils tones, operators in the vineyard, or even growing practices. When Apolline Henriot founded Maison Henriot in 1808, she wanted to tell the beauty of this vineyard and thus of the diversity that characterizes it. Apolline Henriot cultivated this richness of profiles offered by the nature, allowing her to respond to her desire to craft Champagnes expressing complexity and generosity.
Creation of the 8th generation of the Henriot family, represented by Gilles de Larouzière Henriot, L'inattendue (The Unexpcted) is an illustration of one of the principles of savior-faire carried out by the Maison since its foundation: the cultivation of the diversity of the terroirs of Champagne. This cuvée reveals a terroir through a singular year and a unique grape variety.
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.
Terroir of the Côte des Blancs, vineyard of Avize