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Champagne Henri Giraud Grand Cru Ay Fut de Chene MV16 with Wooden Gift Box

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Winemaker Notes

MV16 at first invites us on a journey of citrus notes, with clementine at its peak. Ginseng, ginger, roots notes are then revealed. In this first minute, we can catch a glimpse of the aniseed flavor, giving angle to the wine. The raspberry takes over and calls the tune, giving way to the bitter oranges. Notes of vine peaches, peach, pear emerge and dominate the nose. On the palate, we find this superb tension, this vivacity, while keeping these roots notes of ginseng. A wine with a real fullness with a concentrated, syrupy fruit. A real harmony between nose and mouth, the aromas of peach and pear express themselves in a rich, full wine, endowed with a magnificent texture, fullness, while maintaining its tension. The attack reminds of candied lemon followed by a hint of roasting on chocolate powder, toasted almonds and hazelnuts. MV16 then carries us to the ocean with notes of crushed oyster shells. First attack is aerial, giving way to the second, oceanic. Later, the Pinot Noir shows notes of grape berries, a beautiful fruitiness and freshness. Mineral bitters that propel the wine onto length and precision, conferring a real extra soul. MV16 is endowed with great drinkability, while being powerful, it remains digestible, free of heavy notes. It is a wine for sharing, for pleasure, fully opened with an effervescence that wakes up the palate.

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JS 97
James Suckling
Lots of ripe apples, peaches, brioche, yeast, white pepper and bread dough. Mustard flowers, too. Full-bodied, yet so energetic and intense. So much going on. Subtle and intense. Light nuts and spices. Fine and angular with so much tension. Tight at the end. Mineral and iodine, too. Weightless on the palate. Better in a year or two, but already really excellent. 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay. One for the cellar.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Grand Cru Aÿ Fût de Chêne MV16 is showing beautifully, offering up a complex bouquet of pear, orange oil, buttered toast, toasted almonds, smoke and honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vinous, with a deep core of fruit, bright girdling acids and a classy pinpoint mousse, it's long and penetrating, with a seamless, elegant profile.
D 93
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Claude Giraud now defers to his son-in-law Sébastien Le Golvet when it comes to winemaking, and maybe the grip of almost-austere Argonne oak has eased a little over the years. Nonetheless, this is a definitive statement of oak-fermented Pinot Noir-dominated Champagne from the southern edge of the Montagne de Reims, specifically the village of Aÿ. Giraud have been here since 1589, so probably know the place quite well. Two-thirds of the fruit is from the generous 2016 vintage and one third from a mature Réserve Perpétuelle, and thus well named, the wine is resinous, sappy, with notes of crystalised lemon and lanolin, wood spice and yellow fruit; then a wonderfully complex palate which initially appears angular and even foursquare, yet with time and a little contemplation opens up seamlessly, with both fruit and wood influences finding harmonious resolution.
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Champagne Henri Giraud

Champagne Henri Giraud

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Champagne Henri Giraud, France
The origins of Champagne Henri Giraud go back to 1625. Contemporary of Henri IV and his descendants, the Hémart family settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. Its history rooted in Aÿ, terroir of exception, and intimately mixed with the extraordinary epic of champagne from the 18th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, Léon Giraud, cuirassier of the Marne Battle, married a young lady Hémart. He rebuilt the magnificent vineyard of the family that had just been devastated by phylloxera and First World War. Claude Giraud, 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, today presides over the destiny of this Champagne House. Claude Giraud has returned since 1990 to history and rebuilt the first oak barrels from the Argonne Forest.The famous oaks of this historic forest have for more than ten centuries raised the great wines of Champagne. “Argonne” is today the name of the house’s iconic cuvee. Each year, Sebastien Le Golvet, the Cellar Master of the house, mobilizes his merrandiers and coopers. Together, they select the most beautiful oaks of the Argonne forest, Sebastien then leads himself the toasting. This delicate work will be the last precious touch of the grande cuvees. With its unique expertise in the vinification of great Champagne cuvees in new oak barrels, the Henri Giraud House is now working on new winemaking in small containers, either of terracotta or ovoid sandstone to optimize the exchange between the wine and its lees.The saltiness, intensity and aromatic complexity of Champagne Henri Giraud make it one of the jewels of Excellence in this region. With only 250,000 bottles of which only a few thousand bottles for its grande cuvees, these champagnes are sought-after by collectors and lovers of great wines from around the world.
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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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