Made only with Pinot Noir, this Champagne evokes the power and fullness of the fruity aromas that the vineyard's Grand-Cru plots of Verzenay and Verzy produce with a wonderful elegance.
Fifth generation independent vigneronne Marie-Noëlle Rainon-Henriet has taken the reins from her father, Daniel (who is still on the scene) at this house and, along with her husband Nicolas Rainon, she is now crafting some of the most exciting and terroir-expressive Champagnes from their 3.5 hectares of holdings in the Grand Cru villages of Verzy and Verzenay and -what may be even more exciting- their 2.5 hectares in 1er cru Villers-Marmery. Uniquely situated at the southeastern extreme of the Montagne de Reims, unlike the Grand Cru villages of Verzy and Verzenay, where younger alluvial soils are at the surface and the chalk becomes a subsoil, in Villers-Marmery the chalk is exposed, and so finely crushed and potent that it is highly influential on the wines. In fact, this is one of only a few villages in the Montagne de Reims which is AOC 1er cru for Chardonnay and not the region's predominant Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir from Verzenay and Verzy. Vines planted between 1966-2006. Fermentation in enameled iron tanks with malolactic fermentation. 70% from 2008 harvest, 30% reserve from 2007-1969!! Henriet-Bazin began a solera system for their reserve wines of Pinot Noir from these Grand Cru sites more than 40 years ago! Bottled on April 15, 2009, disgorged to order. 845 cases produced.
Highly complex mix of soil types, but mostly chalk and flint contribute to the uniqueness of this Blanc de Noirs, as do the southeastern-facing slopes that border forest to the west. The biodiversity from these forests helps to control insect pests; the vines are farmed organically with a great deal of care placed on replenishing the soil nutrients with "green manure" from planted grasses between the rows and introduced manures from cows.