Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 2000

Cuvee: Prestige Cuvée
Vintage: 2000
This cuvée is composed of equal parts of pinot noir and chardonnay, conferring elegance and complexity. Produced exclusively from Champagne’s Grands Crus - only in exceptional years.

The name “ Enchanteleur” refers to the cellar workers in the days when vinification was carried out only in barrels. Their work consisted in particular of piling up the casks on wooden beams. It was said that they “put the casks on chantiers (gantries)”, that they “enchantelaient”... They traditionally enjoyed the privilege of making for themselves a small Champagne cuvee produced from the finest wines.

The 2000 Vintage
The year started with a dry and very mild winter, resulting in vine budburst in mid-April during a mild, rainy spring. The months of May and June were particularly dry, and flowering began at the start of June. Violent hailstorms destroyed part of the vineyard at the beginning of July. In August, fine weather set in and the dry, sunny spell continued throughout the harvest. Harvesting started on 11 September with abundant grape bunches and perfect quality. The wines of the 2000 vintage have lovely volume on the palate and lots of fullness.

To enhance the remarkable character of the 2000 vintage, Champagne Henriot has blended the strength of the Pinot Noir and the elegance of the Chardonnay, using grapes from 6 of the most prestigious “Grands Crus” in Champagne : Mailly Champagne, Verzy, Verzenay on Montagne de Reims, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Chouilly on Côte des Blancs. Dosage: less than 8.5 g/L

Tasting Notes
On the eye: Pale gold with fine effervescence and an attractive cordon of mousse.
On the nose: fresh and mineral, with notes of blood peach and mirabelle plum.
On the palate: entry both lively and fresh. Great balance and hints of dried apricots, with a complex finish both smoky and honeyed.

Food Pairing
Saddle of rabbit soft Chaource and crystallized tomatoes with Provence herbs.
Chicken breast with truffle, parmesan risotto and baby vegetables.
Sweet pie with dried fruit and coated in flower honey.