Founded in Reims in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the few remaining family-owned houses with over two hundred years of independence. Over the years, the house has been cultivating a distinctive style of its own, guided by the pursuit of the purest expression of Chardonnay. With the use of predominantly Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, as well as a higher proportion of reserve wine, Champagne Henriot consistently produces precise, elegant, and luminous Champagnes.
Founded in 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils is one of Burgundy’s oldest wine merchants and one of the largest landowner in the Côte d’Or. Over the centuries, the House has been devoted to acquiring highly renowned parcels. Uncompromising quality standards with long term grower partnerships and ageing in a state-of-the-art winery result in wines of outstanding consistency and the truest and finest expression of each terroir. Bouchard Père & Fils joined the Henriot family portfolio in 1995.
Following in the footsteps of seven generations before him, Gilles de Larouzière oversees Champagne Henriot, one of the few remaining family-owned champagne houses. Named the President of Maisons & Domaines Henriot in 2015, Gilles inherited a legacy that began in the champagne business in 1808 and has expanded into Burgundy over recent decades.
Maisons & Domaines Henriot's prestigious portfolio has grown over time to include some of the most venerable estates in France. With estates like William Fèvre, Bouchard Père & Fils, Champagne Henriot and the new family member Beaux Frères in Oregon, the Henriot family has built an empire dedicated to the ultimate expression of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the finest terroirs in the world.
Dietary needs will be accommodated with advance notice.
La Belle Helene is no doubt Charlotte's hottest new restaurant opening of the summer. Led by executive chef Michael Rouleau, this upscale and lively French brasserie delights guests with a modern take on traditional French dishes. Operated by Starr Catering Group, part of Elior North America, La Belle Helene was created with help from famed chef Alain Ducasse’s consulting firm, Ducasse Conseil.
Designed by renowned Parisian designer Richard Lafond, whose family business has garnered more than 50 years of experience creating some of the most famous restaurant spaces in the “City of Lights,” La Belle Helene is equal parts warm and inviting, inspired by 19th century French covered passage architecture and romantic skylit evenings. Doors opened to the pubic on July 31 and the press swirling around the restaurant has touted its impeccable design and suggested it may be the prettiest restaurant in Charlotte.
Perfectly paired with the wines of Bouchard Père & Fils and Champagne Henriot, the Icons dinner will truly be a priceless and unforgettable culinary tour de force.
After gaining wide culinary influences that stretch from New England's best restaurants to a beachside steakhouse in Maui, to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Chef Michael Rouleau recently fulfilled his lifelong bucket list wish to train at the Ducasse School in France and cook in Paris.
Thanks to Michael's vision, the LBH team infuses equal amounts of professionalism, precision and passion into turning authentic French dishes into true celebrations of life. Whether watching them create handmade patisseries or roast French hens in their glass-front rotisserie ovens, you'll find the team is dedicated to friendly hospitality, sourcing local ingredients, and remembering your name, your face – and even your favorite dessert.
A short live auction will be held at the end and of the tasting. All proceeds from the auction will benefit our partner charities.
BEAUNE GREVES VIGNE DE L’ENFANT JÉSUS 2014 MAGNUM
One of the legendary wines of the Beaune appellation is Beaune Greves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus, an exclusivity from Bouchard Père & Fils since 1791. As the name suggests the vineyard is located inside the vast Beaune Greves vineyard – one of the best 1er crus of Beaune – and the Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus plot is located in what is widely considered the best part of Beaune Greves.
CHAMPAGNE HENRIOT CUVE 38 NV MAGNUM
Created in 1990, Cuve 38 was the visionary inspiration and brainchild of Joseph Henriot. Setting aside a single tank - Cuve 38 - he decided to create a blend exclusively comprising of four of the most prestigious Grand Cru Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs: Chouilly, Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Every year since that day, a portion of the harvest from each of these villages is added to this precious cuve to continue the process. Only 1000 magnums of Cuve 38 are produced each year with 100 imported to the United States.
C'EST SI BON | THE ICONIC BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS EXPERIENCE
Two couples will enjoy a priceless Burgundy experience including:
One nights’ stay for two couples in Le Château de Beaune, the owners’ family house built in the 15th-century bastions of Beaune
Wine dinner with Gilles de Larouzière, President of Maisons & Domaines Henriot
A tasting from the barrel with Gilles as well as winemaker and cellar master, Frédéric Weber
A visit to the most prestigious vineyards of Burgundy owned by Bouchard Père & Fils including Clos Vougeot, Corton, Enfant Jésus, Volnay Caillerêts, Meursault and Montrachet, weather permitting
A picnic in the vineyard, weather permitting
A visit of Le Château de Beaune cellars and gardens
*Does not include airfare.