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5627 HENRI GIRAUD CHAMPAGNE AY GRAND CRU ARGONNE BRUT [BOX] 2004 750ml
5627 HENRI GIRAUD CHAMPAGNE AY GRAND CRU ARGONNE BRUT [BOX] 2004 750ml


 
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Argonne is a special cuvee of Henri Giraud. Pinot Noir 70% / Chardonnay 30% from AY(Grand Cru 100%). Vinified and aged in "Argonne" oak barrel for 1 year, and aged in the bottle for 8 years.

RP96

Straw yellow towards golden in color, the sumptuous 2004 Aÿ Grand Cru Argonne Brut from 70-year-old Pinot Noir vines offers a very clear and discreet, yet complex and "Burgundian" bouquet with elegant flavors of white and yellow fleshed fruits, citrus aromas (the whole range from oranges and mandarins to lemons), gooseberries, mushrooms, juniper and fresh oak. Fermented and raised on the full lees for one year in Argonne oak barrels (30% of which were new), this is a full-bodied, rich and filigree-structured, very elegant, precisely defined and finesse-full Aÿ Champagne. It has remarkable freshness and mineral stringency. Less rich and round than the Fût de Chêne, the tightly woven, yet bright and lifted Argonne is more built on mineral purity, finesse and elegance. The finish is firm but amazing, and indicates a great ageing potential. All in all, this is a fascinating, age-worthy new luxury cuvée. Total production is 8,000 bottles. (RobertParker.com)

WS94

Soft and creamy, with a rich panoply of toasted coconut, orange marmalade, brioche, crystallized honey and banana cream pie flavors. The firm, finely knit acidity keeps this vibrant and focused. Offers a long, well-spiced finish. (WineSpectaor)





Henri Giraud is ultimately prestigious Champagne with limited production, made from 100% AY Grand cru, vinified and aged in tailor-made oak barrel for 1 year, and aged in the bottle for 7-8 years. The wine is already well mature when it is released, we experience complexity, depth and long finish that no other Champagne offers. This is the high-end Champagne for high-end wine connoisseurs, called Rolls-Royce of Champagnes.

Oak vinification and Oak aging
bring forth such a gorgeous, deep, complex and mature taste.



'There are no great wines without oak': Claude Giraud

Claude Giraud, the owner of Maison Henri Giraud Champagne, has launched an appeal to the big-name Champagne houses to use more local oak in the production of their wines.

Giraud was speaking at a tasting of his base wines to demonstrate the results of 20 years of research into the effects of soils and microclimates on oak used in barrel-making.

Giraud is the only Champagne house to use only barrels sourced locally, from the Argonne forest, which was once the source of almost all oak used in Champagne making.

'There are no great wines without great oak,' Giraud told the 200 tasters at the event, adding that only two estates in France were studying terroir of individual forests to this degree; themselves, and Chateau Latour in Bordeaux.

'Latour is looking at terroir in Tronçais forest,' Giraud added, 'while we are working with Champagne's traditional forest, Argonne. Until the 1950s there were over 180 barrel makers in this forest, but the last ones closed in the 1980s, as production of the big houses climbed, and most turned to stainless steel vats and abandoned their forests. This is the missing piece of the puzzle in the winemaking process.'

‘Forests have a terroir, like vines,’ Sebastien le Golvet, Giraud winemaker and operations director told Decanter.com. ‘Today many big houses use barrels, but they are from Burgundy or Bordeaux barrel makers, and are sourced without traceability or provenance. We work with the forestry commission, choose our plots, season them for three years, and then record the effect of each plot on our Pinot and Chardonnay, depending on vintage.

‘The subsoils have an extraordinary impact on the texture and structure of the wine. We want to get this type of information out to others. To have real traceability of the barrels can only help increase the reputation of Champagne.'

23rd Apr 2013 Decanter.com

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