Henri Abele is the 3rd oldest champagne house in Reims, Champagne. It was founded in 1757 by one Theodore Vander Veken, who’s house was succeeded by Antoine de Muller who then became partnered with Francois Abele.
The Abele family provided the future generations of family to run the house, and one of its famous contributions to champagne was ice disgorging – the freezing of sediments in the neck of an upside-down bottle of champagne before removing them as a clean slug of ice.
In 1985, Freixenet group purchased the house and provided investment for upgrades to houses facilities which have seen it through to today.
Franck Nicaise is the incumbent chef-de-cave (Chief Wine-Maker).
Today we try the house’s standard entry Brut NV, which is moderately priced at $55 per bottle. Lets see what it does!
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$55 a bottle available from Porters Liquor
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (35/40/25) with N/A g/l dosage.
Aging: 3 years
Sipped: Early Jan 2018
In the Glass:
Look: Soft golden colour with a medium strength bubble stream.
Smell: Slight vinegar nose with a soft wet dough note and trace of citrus.
Taste: Opening drive of lemon tart – its got lemon and the bready flavour of yeast – that runs away fast. It develops sourness during this.
Got lots of extra fresh flavours – green apple and lemon – but they don’t stand out and the end result is a bit delicate, or rather weak.
Drinkable and goes down without trouble, but not much body to it.
Party Potential: If you have a 20% off discount card at porters… well you may save yourself some serious coin for proper champers. It’ll be drinkable.
As a Gift: It’s too unknown to be a mainstream gift. It’ll serve as an oddball one.
At Home: For the price, it spices up a fancy little stay at home dinner quite well.
Score & Verdict:
At $55 I feel it is only reasonable value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Order in night with my house mates.
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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