Limited Edition. Price £145.00.
The power, richness and elegance of the Coteaux of Ay raised and matured, breathing the qualities of Small Argonne Oak Barrels.
A golden colour with pretty pink highlights, the colour tints seem to have captured sunshine, taking on a honeyed air.
To the nose, with its exceptional intensity, this complex and gourmet nose is the signature of Giraud style. The pear and dried cherry express the year's generosity...then a succession of thyme, cocoa, pepper, dried flower, morel mushroom and meat gravy aromas highlight the terroir in the finish : limestone and curry. This is a nose at the very summit of the champagne hierarchy in the 2000 Vintage.
The palate is supple, smooth effervescence before its body takes over, rich and full. Its vinosity sets the is rich, substantial, broad and creamy, with attractive tactile extremely round with a dash of the freshness that evokes the terroir of Ay.
This is a very weighty Champagne possessing great complexity and elegance.
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay harvested exclusively in the terroir of Ay Grand Cru, raised for 12 months in Argonne Oak barrels.
Dosage: 8-10 g/l
The wine is matured in bottle for 8 years and is released to the market only 5 - 6 months after disgorgement.
Here we find all the characteristics that make the "Oak Barrels" cuvee such a great success. This 2000 vintage is both impressive and appealing. It goes with all gastronomic dishes. THe sunny character of 2000 calls, above all for hot dishes. Pie-cust recipes
and hot, spicy dishes (curry, colombo) will boost the pairing choice.
Enjoy it with friends and wine-lovers, served in a curved flute or beautiful wine-glass, between 10°C and 12°C.-
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".