Henri Giraud Champagne has been produced by the same family since 1625, making it the oldest Champagne House still under original ownership by the same family. Since they first started their small Champagne business, the Giraud family have supplied twelve generations of private clients in France until, in 2000, the UK saw the dawn of its success on the export market. This Champagne is made entirely from grapes grown on the south-facing chalk slopes of the Grand Cru Aÿ district. The grapes are very carefully pressed before undergoing the first fermentation in oak barriques, contrary to the usual steel vat vinification. After the second traditional bottle fermentation, the wine remains on its dead yeast cells for six years in order to build up a deep complexity, followed by disgorgement just before shipment to retain freshness. The final 1993 blend consists of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir gives richness structure and depth of flavour, the Chardonnay offers floral aromas and elegance on the palate while the first barrique fermentation harmonizes the two and creates a smooth, creamy texture. The bottle itself is almost as unique as the wine, characterised by the traditional and graceful Pomponne shape no longer employed by contemporary Champagne Houses.
£500.00 - £500.00