A definite jewel in the Henriot portfolio, its name is a tribute to the Greek Goddess of day and light, Hemera. The fruit of a unique vintage, together with a blend of six iconic Grands Crus Champagnes, this Champagne – more than any other – epitomises Henriot’s luminous style.
This long awaited new prestige cuvée, Hemera – named after the ancient Greek goddess of daytime – is a perfectionist creation of Henriot’s villages, all grands crus. It’s a brilliant medley of top Chardonnay from cooler Chouilly and the poised weight of Avize and Mesnil, combined with equally rigorous grand cru Pinot from north Montagne, Mailly and Verzenay. 2005 saw a cold winter, mild spring and very hot July into August, with humidity causing rot in Pinot Noir in the minor sites…
96 Pts – Wine Enthusiast
Only produced in the top years, this wine, named apparently after the Greek goddess of daylight, has just achieved maturity. It is rich in notes of almonds and toast that meld together with the ripe white fruits. It’s a great wine that is impressive and ready to drink, although it will also easily age further.
93 Pts – Wine Spectator
Rich hints of baked plum and marzipan are enlivened by sleek, well-knit acidity in this harmonious Champagne. The fine, lively mousse carries flavors of poached quince, honeysuckle, smoked hazelnut and lemon pith. Drink now through 2028.
90 Pts – Wine & Spirits
This is Henriot’s prestige cuvée, a blend of equal parts chardonnay and pinot noir from six grand cru villages, aged for a minimum of 12 years on the lees. In 2005, it’s soft and rich, with the scent of brioche and the pale fruit character of cherimoya. Ready to drink on release, it’s a sumptuous wine for seared diver scallops.