One of the best things about running an independent business is that you get to buy in whatever you want. Henri Chauvet Champagne has been on my wish list ever since I first tried it in 2016.
To cut a long story short I first met Damien Chauvet at a trade expo in Lille and fell in love with his Champagne, to which I then subsequently visited his cellar for a private tasting. By this I mean I one day just showed up at his cellar door (which is his house) in Rilly-la-Montagne and he took me through his whole range.
When The Grape Kitchen became a reality, this was my first purchase.
Henri Chauvet Blanc des Noirs is a wonderful blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has had extended lees ageing which brings wonderful notes of brioche, butter and toast but remains abundantly fruit forward. Everything about this Champagne is good. It’s got essence of maturity but so refreshingly effervescent.
Henri Chauvet have also been awarded HVE (High Environmental Value) Level 3 (the highest classification), which governs and audits the sustainability of wine production in France.