Henri’s Reserve is a site dedicated to rare boutique champagnes, bubbly gifts, and first-time champagne experiences. This is truly an one-of-a-kind e-boutique which embodies the “Joie de Champagne.”
Champagne isn’t just for special occasions and holidays anymore as we found out at the “Global Champagne Day” tasting hosted by Ruth Frantz, owner of Henri’s Reserve, at the Southport Galleries. Champagne is to be enjoyed with friends and pairs so well with chocolate and cheese.
We sampled a variety of champagnes from Henri’s Reserve while trying handmade chocolates and truffles from La Rouge by Aarti (Weston), cheese by Fairfield Cheese Company and bread from Wave Hill Bakery (Norwalk) and savoring the sweet goodness of treats from Sweet & Simple (Southport)
Ruth Frantz, creator and founder of Henri’s Reserve, the newly launched Champagne e-boutique, combined her passion for entertaining, affordable luxury and great Champagnes into Henri’s Reserve, a truly remarkable place. With the creation of Henri’s Reserve, Ruth brought access to one of the most exquisite and inaccessible markets, boutique Champagnes, to champagne lovers across the Atlantic.
It opens the doors to the seductive, delicious, and secretive world of Boutique Champagnes from France’s finest, private estates. While large negociants such as Moet and Veuve Clicquot, produce millions of cases a year, Henri’s Reserve focuses exclusively on family estate-bottled, grower Champagnes that rarely make more than 10,000 cases/year. Just as the world has moved on to exotic chocolates, artisanal cheeses, and single malt scotches, boutiques Champagnes are for those ready to graduate from the mass produced to the delicious treasures the French keep unto themselves.
Thus, Ruth created Henri’s Reserve for bon vivants, wine & Champagne lovers who want to be “in-the-know”, entertainers, and gift givers. Led by the impeccable palate of Henri, the site’s utterly charming, roguish, and fictitious host, Henri travels the back roads of Champagne to introduce us to a very special world, throwing in some gossip, Champagne trivia, tips, and food pairings along the way. Grab a flute or a coupe, join the party, and indulge. “You’ll never sip Champagne the same again.”
Henri’s Reserve has been featured in Elle, Marie-Claire, DuJour, Urban Daddy, Traditional Home, Redbook, FoxNews.com and many more. Read what two of the World’s Most Famous Sommeliers & Wine Critics say about Henri’s Reserve:
“Champagne selections are exploding with a focus on small growers and specific terroirs.” – Marvin Shanken Wine Spectator, August 2013
“Strikingly Original” – Christie’s, Wine Specialist – Shawn Pawl
Boutique Champagnes are featured on the wine lists of the world’s most famous restaurants, including: French Laundry, Eleven Madison Park, Gary Danko, NOMA for those looking for unique, artisanal Champagnes to match their culinary standards. Like a fine wine, connoisseurs value the authenticity of these small Champagne houses that comes from:
1. The Painstaking Care, Passion, and Legacies of the Families Behind Them. These families have been making Champagne for generations, if not centuries, with a unwavering focus on producing the quintessential – le meilleur – of bubbly elixirs. Their standards are exacting.
2. The Finest Vineyards & Terroir Obsession*: Like a prized Burgundy or Bordeaux, boutiques Champagnes express the terroir of their vineyard. They are from highly rated Grand Cru and Premium Cru villages versus the mass-produced Champagnes that buy grapes from hundreds of vineyards throughout the Champagne region and create a house-style that remains unchanged year-after-year.
* Terroir is a terribly hard to translate French expression meaning “sense of place” – the type of soil, climate and geology, all of which contribute to the chemistry and final product. Aren’t the best cheddars from Vermont?
3. The Artistry of the Champagne Makers: Each of the Champagnes has distinctive and individual characteristics due to the unique craft, philosophy and secrets of the winemakers behind them.
4. The Broad Range of Champagne Styles: The world of boutiques moves beyond “non-vintage/vintage” and bruts to enjoying (affordably) various Champagne styles – Blanc de Blancs, Rosés, Blanc de Noirs, Demi-Secs, organics, biodynamics Creative Gifts, Tasting Samplers for Entertaining, and Champagne Clubs.
Henri’s Reserve offers creative gifts ideas, tasting samplers for entertaining, and a list of champagne clubs. Let Henri be your personal champagne director, from guiding you to the most sought after Champagnes, to planning a never-to-be-forgotten party to selecting exquisite gifts, such as:
- Champagnes $50-$150 (as well as splits, magnums and jeroboams)
- Henri’s Tasting Soiree (aka “A Tasting Party in a Box”) $195
- “Dinner is Served” – Champagne pairings for a spectacular dinner $225
- Henri’s Private Champagne Club’s (Monthly, Bi-Monthly, Quarterly) $500+
- e-Gift Cards
- Concierges – to solve any gifting challenge
- “Joie de Vivre” gift packaging
Henri’s Reserve it full of information that will help you purchase boutique champagne, as well as teach you all about it.
More about Ruth Frantz
From Global Corporations to Entrepreneurship: A brilliant marketer with a record of driving growth for lifestyle, luxury, and innovation-driven consumer portfolios such as Clairol, P&G, Diageo and Pernod Ricard, Frantz made a name for herself as an industry leader who understood affordable luxury and the power of exciting innovative products to inspire consumers. It didn’t hurt that she also had a reputation as an entertainer who truly embodied the phrase “joie de vivre”.
A “Foodie” and Consummate Host: As a brilliant party host and entertainer (thanks to an indefatigable Southern hospitality gene) Ruth embraces the magic champagne brings to any occasion, whether it’s Tuesday Night Takeout, weekend brunch, girls’ night or a momentous celebration, something about “the pop” always says, “The fun has begun!” A hostess who has done her research, Ruth knows that “pop” doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be great.