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Henriot Cuve 38 Blanc de Blancs NV (1.5L)

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John Gilman

"96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ""...the first release of Champagne Henriot's 'Cuve 38' is absolutely brilliant. The wine is comprised of a solera blend from the 1990 to the 2007 vintage, when the first thousand magnums' worth of vins clairs were drawn out of the solera and bottled up for their seven years aging on the lees prior to disgorgement. The wine was disgorged sometime in 2014 and is set to be released in the spring of 2015. The dosage is quite low at only four grams per liter and the wine could have been labeled as an Extra Brut, but wears the Brut designation on its label. The wine is absolutely brilliant on both the nose and palate, soaring from the glass in a vibrant aromatic constellation of pear, delicious apple, lemon blossoms, very complex, chalky minerality, an elegant touch of crème patissière and brioche. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and laser-like in its focus, with beautiful mineral drive, great complexity, utterly refined mousse and stunning length and grip on the supremely elegant, dancing and still almost youthful finish. While this wine is an utter joy to drink today, it shows no oxidative elements of tertiary development and will unequivocally age and improve for decades to come. An utterly stunning new addition to the firmament of Champagne's greatest bottlings! 2015-2040. (Jan/Feb 2015)"""