Henriot Millésime 2012 is a blend of wines coming from Premiers and Grand Crus. Those are located in the two historical sourcing areas of the House: the Montagne de Reims, with the crus of Mailly-Champagne, Verzy, Trépail and Avenay, and the Côte des Blancs, with the crus of Chouilly and Avize. Chardonnay represents 54% of the blend and Pinot Noir 46%.
Henriot Millésime 2012 is characterized by aromatic heterogeneity and complexity, while forming a set of wines that have always been complementary.
In the words of the cellar master: "The first nose is intense, almost heady. Yet it is counterbalanced a few seconds later by an incredible elegance with airy and floral notes. The wine is in motion with a succession of the following aromatic notes: summer flowers, meringue, ripe fruits, then fresh summer currants, chalk, minerality, patina... it is an endless impetus. On the palate, it's the same ballet coming together which makes this champagne creation so unique and compelling."
When Apolline Henriot founded the House in 1808, she wanted to pay tribute to nature through a vintage Champagne, Henriot Millésime, which is the interpretation of a singular year, the reflection of the Terroirs characteristic of that year, according to the House.
Thus, each vintage is a unique creation, with its own selection of wines for the blend and its own specific aromatic expression.
Although 2012 started as one of the most worrying years, it ended up being ideal. Episodes of frost, hail and heavy rain occurred in the vineyard during the first months of the year. The weather eventually turned out to be favorable until harvest, with a series of heat waves, which ultimately led to good development of the vegetation and the ripening of grapes.