The perfect balance of luminous style; freshness and aromatic breadth in complete harmony.
Yellow and gold-tinged in appearance. A constant stream of bubbles forms a lovely string of gossamer bubbles.
Full-flavored fruitiness, offering notes of apricot, stewed citrus fruits and pate de fruit, leads on the bouquet. Delicate roasted notes are peppered with a toasty and acacia honey-like quality.On the palate, pinot noir picks up the mantel, offering exquisite velvety structure, and masterful, delicate intensity. Delicate fruit flavours come to the fore, with notes of fresh and slightly candied citrus fruit. The aromatic intensity continues on the palate with subtle, honeyed, and delicately toasted notes, which bring rare value and presence to this Champagne.The resolutely low dosage plays its part in retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of its primary ingredients.
THE ART OF BLENDING:
The quest for absolute harmony and the virtue of time.HEMERA Champagne is only made in exceptional years from an exclusive blend of Grands Crus chardonnay and pinot noir in equal measure, sourced from Henriot's villages of choice in Champagne:
Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Pinot Noir from the north of the Montagne de Reims, from Mailly, Verzy and Verzenay.
Given the quintessential character of these 6 prestigious vineyards, HEMERA 2005 reveals intense balance and freshness characteristic of the entire Henriot range.
100% Grands Crus: 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot noir
Minimum aged for 12 years on the lees
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
This mature wine is finely structured with a delicate mousse and forward toast and brioche flavors. At the same time, the texture and the white fruits are still there, creating a magnificent Champagne with texture and richness in a taut, tight package.
94 Points - Wine Spectator:
Refined and minerally, with a pleasing plushness to the mouthfeel, this elegant Champagne offers delicate notes of juicy nectarine, grated ginger, toast point and spun honey, all backed by well-knit, zesty acidity, driving the lingering finish with accents of smoke and saline. Drink now through 2030.
94 Points - James Suckling:
Mature and generous nose of baked raspberries, figs, cocoa, honeycomb, marmalade, praline and apricot pie. It’s medium-to full-bodied with vibrant acidity and very creamy bubbles. Saline undertones with lovely salted-caramel notes. Expansive. Equal blend of Grand Cru pinot noir and chardonnay. 5g/l dosage. Drink now or hold.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Henriot's newly released 2006 Brut Cuvée Hemera is showing very nicely, offering up aromas of wheat toast, crisp stone fruit, dried white flowers, smoke and iodine. Medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping, with a generous core of fruit, bright acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a mouthwateringly sapid finish. The cuvée's rather reductive style marries well with the inherent opulence of the vintage, and it marks a notable step up over the inaugural 2005 in depth and concentration.
93 Points - Decanter:
Rich generous hue: gold tinged with hints of green, then a potent aromatic dominated by sherbet, vanillin, redcurrants and praline; the wine immediately assertive and confident, with end of season red apples, fig and praline harnessed in support. The palate is equally complex; initially we have sour honey and Mirabelle plum in the ascendant; then gingerbread, hints of beeswax and even Black Forest gateau! Despite more than a decade on the lees and a modest dosage, it is the richness and generosity which impress at first; more luxuriant, maybe, than the classic Henriot signature, but hallmark elegance and finesse assume control with a little air and a little more time in glass. Thereafter it is the finely poised and almost disciplined finish which provides an elegant counterpoint to the more cavalier declamation of the attack. Dosage: 8g/L. Disgorgement: late 2019.