In 1890, when the vast majority of the Champagne grapes were bought by the big houses, three winegrowing friends in Verzenay decided to retain part of their harvest to start their own winemaking. One of them was Gaston Henriet, Marie-Noelle great-grandfather: the Champagne Henriet was born! A family tradition Maison, with 5 generations, which has 6 hectares of property vineyards, divided into 37 parcels in 3 villages: Verzy and Verzenay, classified Grand Cru, and Villers-Marmery, in Premier Cru. From the first two comes mainly Pinot Noir and from the last Chardonnay. Maison's philosophy is to allow the wine to express itself, so that it can tell the whole story of the soil from which it comes from. To achieve this, we place great emphasis on every step and ensure that the wine is well cared for. Each plot is harvested by hand once we decide that the grapes have reached maturity. During the pressing the juice flows gently, without being pumped, into to the tanks. Gravity helps to transport it there. But it also plays an important role in the clarification process, as our long settling period of more than 24 hours makes any additional filtration unnecessary. This peace of mind allows the aromas to be expressed to their full potential. Next, wine rests on its own sediments for almost 9 months within one of our 27 total enamel vats. This period of calm lets the wine reveal all the complexity, balance and elegance of the plots from which it is derived.
Then, there is to decide how to blend villages, vineyards, plots, old vines or the youngest vines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Meunier and the various vintages to allow their personality to express themselves fully in beautiful wines that we do not dose too much, so that they reveal the best of their history.