Miniaturiste du vin, this is how Fabien Henriot, of French origin, defines himself. He arrived in La Neuveville on the shores of Lake Biel, where he settled and worked alongside Jean Daniel Giauque. He gathers grapes of varieties as diverse as they are rare for the region, which he often vinifies in micro-cuvées, as precious as they are delicious...
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Fabien Henriot was born in 1977, in Franche Comté and it is first of all thanks to Fabrice Monnin of the Zinzins du Vin in Besançon that he is introduced to the pleasures of natural wine...
Fabien began his professional career as a sommelier. After training in Beaune, he arrived in Switzerland, on the snowy slopes of Crans-Montana, at the Pas de l'Ours restaurant, working alongside chef Frank Reynaud. He then moved on to Courchevel, the Côte d'Azur and Gstaad.
In 2007 he spent his first summer in the vineyards of Haute-Saône, near his parents' home, and this convinced him that this was his true vocation. Once the decision was made, he went back to Beaune in the fall of 2009, where he took a BTS in wine-making and worked at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis, alongside the Seysses family. Fabien's choice of domain was not a random one, he was already a fan of "nature" and was looking to learn in a domain that was at least organic or biodynamic...
With his BTS in his pocket, he went back to Switzerland, and to sommelier, first in Vevey and then in Neuchâtel where he officiates at La Maison du Prussien from 2014 onwards. That year also marks the beginning of his winemaking experiments, a batch of Pinot Noir from the lieu-dit of Les Lerins in Auvernier, purchased from Jean-Michel Henrioud, a first demijohn of about 60 bottles. 2015 marks his first real vintage, nearly 600 to 700 liters of wine, divided into about thirty micro-cuvées, the tone is set from the start!
In April 2017, he left the restaurant halls for good and put down his bags in the vineyards. It was at Jean Daniel Giauque's, at the Domaine du Signolet in La Neuveville that he then settled down. A domain of a little less than 4 hectares that has made a reputation in the region for its multitude of planted grape varieties and its forty or so cuvées, several of which won numerous medals back in the 1990s.
Since 2020, Fabien has taken over a Kerner vineyard in La Neuveville, to which will be added 1 acre of vines in Hauterive in 2021 and a first parcel of Savagnin in Château-Challon in the Jura, then two new parcels in 2022, again in La Neuveville.
The grapes continue to be vinified in micro-cuvées, sometimes barely 60 bottles, sometimes even less! No additives, no compromise, true, healthy and lively wines with full and deep emotions. A miniature estate that is growing and that you absolutely must taste at least once in your life.
The labels of Fabien's different vintages are all taken from the works of his brother, Thomas Henriot. An artist living between Marseille and Havana, who draws mainly with Indian ink, coloring or not his creations with watercolors. The drawings are never designed for the wines, on the contrary, Fabien chooses from his brother's works those that best remind him of the emotions felt when tasting a particular wine.
As for the names, they are Fabien's creation, the fruit of his overflowing imagination, an adaptation of the name of the grape variety, the place or the parcel, an evocation of the drawing or the feeling of the wine. An approach that has given names like Jus de K, Nose & Mouth Freshner, or Sau les Tropiques...