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New Release. Price £275.00.
With this Cuvée Argonne 2002, Claude Giraud signs his name to an unforgettable personal interpretation of this quality 2002 vintage and the noble terroir of Aÿ classified Grand Cru where the grapes are obtained. Presenting superb Champagne that deliver rare emotions.
Around the world, from October 2nd 2013, the purchase of one bottle of the Cuvée Argonne will finance the planting of a new two-year-old oak tree and also the vital support it needs over the next five years. Thereby, everyone can contribute, alongside the Champagne House, to the safeguarding of the Argonne forest, and the protection of the Champagne’s heritage.
Deep golden in colour with a fine mousse, the wine has aromas of honey, beeswax, liquorice with gentle nose of apricots and raisins.
Produced from the extraordinary harvest of 2002, this Henri Giraud Champagne is composed of three quarters Pinot Noir and a quarter Chardonnay wine.
Aged in oak barrels from the Argonne Forest that are made from timbers selected by expert merrandier, Camille Gauthier;
A delicious aperitif with slivers of Parmesan cheese, or during gourmet meals, with Peking duck with pear and apricot, or pan-fried Asian beef fillet.
Contemporaries of Henri IV and his descendants, the Hémart family settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. Their history took root there and became closely interwoven with the momentous historical events relating to Champagne from the 18th century onwards. At the opening of the 20th century, Léon Giraud married Miss Hémart and reconstructed the magnificent family vineyard, which had been ravaged by phylloxera. Today, Claude Giraud, the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, is in charge of the fortunes of the family business.
The Giraud-Hémart family own 20 hectares - 35 parcels of Grand Cru land of which 26 is planted with Pinot Noir and 9 with Chardonnay. Only 17 of the Champagne region’s 323 Crus are classed as Grand Crus (rated 100%). The wine production of Giraud estate is environmentally-friendly, subscribing to the ‘lutte-raisonnée’ (limited intervention grape growing).
The overall production is limited to 250 000 bottles a year, making the Giraud Champagne stand apart from the majority of bulk-producing champagne houses.
The Giraud house is one of the few houses (Krug is another example) that conduct primary fermentations in oak. Henri Giraud pride themselves on sourcing wood for its barrels from the slow growing, tight grained, high quality trees of the ancient forest of Argonne, lying just 35 miles from the estate.
Described by leading wine critic Robert Parker as "the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of”.
The reason for this is that until the 1990s their wines were only sold directly to discerning, well-informed private customer in France and Italy.