Champagne Henri Giraud Esprit Nature

HENR045
Described by leading wine critic Robert Parker as "the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of" and according to Decanter magazine "Esprit Nature is the perfect entry-level Champagne for lovers of vinous and dense Champagne."
Type:
Vintage:
NV
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Genres:
Style:
Brut Nature
ABV:
12%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Vallee de la Marne
Sub Sub Region:
Ay
Body:
Rich, full flavoured and toasty
Drinking Window:
Drinking now
Closure Type:
Cork
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Champagne Henri Giraud

Champagne Henri Giraud is the oldest Champagne house still owned by its founding family – the Giraud-Hémart family has farmed vines at Aÿ since 1625. However, it is only since current head Claude Giraud took over that the wines have been released under the family name. What makes this producer so exciting is the lack of stainless steel in their winemaking. They favour the use of terracotta, sandstone, concrete eggs and most importantly, Argonne oak casks. (Trees from the historic Forest of Argonne have been used in the production of Champagne for ten centuries.) Although the popularity of vinification in oak is growing in Champagne, it is still relatively rare, but it places Henri Giraud in the illustrious company of the likes of Krug, Jacques Selosse, Billecart-Salmon and Bollinger. And it also gives Henri-Giraud’s wines a rich, powerful, woody and deeply hedonistic character. The sustainably farmed wines are made in boutique quantities – only 250,000 bottles a year – and in the very fashionable natural wine style, using minimal sulphur.

Tasting Notes

Predominantly Pinot Noir with a splash of Chardonnay, this full-bodied Champagne has marked oak influence and richness. Peach, pear, apple pie, lemon curd, almond biscotti, toasted hazelnuts, brioche, vanilla, peppery spices, wood, freshly ground coffee, and red berries and cream topped with mint leaves. In other words - fantastic!

Food Matches

As an aperitif or with white fish and meat

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