Wednesday, February 7, 2024

LeDomduVin: Back to Earth

Back to Earth

I titled this post "Back to Earth" because when it comes to wine, I'm usually in the stratosphere with the "top-notch" and "expensive" wines. 

Yet, for once (yes, it happens occasionally), I recently served some more "down-to-earth" and "accessible" wines for a private dinner.

It felt good to be back on regular ground. 

Henriot Brut Millésimé 2008

Henriot Champagnes are brilliant champagnes and excellent "value for money". Their "Blanc-de-Blancs" is one of my favorite casual champagnes. And their vintage ones offer as much as some of their peers for 3 or 4 times less the price. Especially when from a great vintage, like 2008. 

Established in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the rare independent Champagne houses that has remained in the same family throughout its history. The 2008 vintage celebrates its 200th anniversary. 

A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, Henriot 2008 is a delightful champagne, fresh and crisp, and at the same time, rich, dense, and "gourmand," with lovely stone fruits, white flowers, and mineral aromas, great acidity, structure and texture, and a long lingering finish. Really enjoyable and a steal at that price! 

Humbert Frères Charmes Chambertin 2018

I have opened quite a few bottles of this wine in recent months. This is one of the cheapest Charmes Chambertin around, and while it may not be as complex as some of the best producers, it still offers plenty. 

The nose offers subtle aromas of blackcurrant, dark cherries, and floral notes combined with earthy, smoky nuances. The palate is relatively light in weight and texture yet well-balanced and vibrant due to great acidity, enough fruit ripeness, and a good grip of integrated tannins to give you something to chew on. Loved it.

Cheers! Santé!


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