The aged bubbly comes from vintages 1959, 1971 and 1981
Just in time for the holidays, Henriot has released a collection of vintage bubbly for celebratory sipping.
The family-owned Champagne house, which was founded in 1808 by Apolline Henriot, has labelled the release Les Mémoires. Quite fitting since the collection comprises three bottlings dating as far back as the ‘50s that recall distinct years in viniculture.
“Tasting these treasures brings unparalleled emotion and pleasure,” the Maison’s CEO and president Gilles de Larouzière Henriot said in a statement. “Through the release of singular vintages, I am happy to share these ‘Mémoires,’ embodying a piece of Champagne’s history.”
The Champagnes, which hail from vintages 1959, 1971 and 1981, have been aged for decades in Henriot’s cool, quiet cellars in Reims in northeastern France. The rare bottlings were late-disgorged by hand just months ago in the spring of 2021, before they were tasted and individually numbered by cellar master and vineyard director Alice Tétienne. The trio includes two prestige cuvées from ‘59 and ‘81 along with one millésimé from ‘71. The Maison says each Champagne tastes fresh, lively and vibrant despite its age.