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2012 Henriet-Bazin Eusebe Grand Cru Champagne
Henriet-Bazin origins date back 5 generations to two families both deeply rooted in Champagne. The Bazin family were grape growers from the village of Verzenay whilst the Henriet family specialised in Champagne production. It was in the late 19th century that the two families united through marriage, and today the estate is run by Marie-Noëlle Henriet-Rainon, and they produce a range of outstanding champagnes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.
Having always wanted a Grand Cru vintage wine in the range, Marie-Noëlle had her wish granted in their crafting of the Eusebe cuvee. The combination of Chardonnay from Verzenay, and Pinot Noir from Verzy and Verzenay shows great balance and elegance. The mix can change, but it will always be Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with this 2012 a mix of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay that spent 72 months on lees.
Showing excellent hold over a pale straw to pale gold coloured base is a fine satiny mousse. A nibble stream of tiny bubbles flows through its core. The nose is a combination of power and complexity, superb aromatics of yeast lees, baked bread and subtle citrus soar out of the glass followed by oily toast like notes, cashew and subtle brioche. Rich and concentrated yet also stimulating, the palate features baked bread, oily toast like characters and yeast lees over some citrus and roasted almonds. Fullish mouthfeel with a dry chalk tinged finish complimented by crisp acidity. Long rich, textured conclusion.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
From grand cru vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, this fine, now mature, Champagne is rich with ripe citrus, pear and peach flavors, generously structured and poised between toastiness and fresh, crisp fruits. Drink this wine now.
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast