Champagne Henri Giraud tariff
We will make you discover one of our partner wineries: Domaine Henri Giraud. Do you know the House of Champagne Henri Giraud? This article will allow you to enter the heart of the history of the domain, where the vintages are more harmonious than the others. Thanks to this guide, I invite you to discover this beautiful Champagne house. You can also find our other guides of the most beautiful wine domains.
The history of the champagne houses
The history of Champagne Giraud begins in 1625 in the contemporary period of Henri V and his heirs. The Hémart family must have returned to Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century, where they found their roots and began the Champagne era in the 18th century.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Léon Giraud married Madeleine Hémart and restored the family vineyards ravaged by the phylloxera crisis. Their descendant Henry founded the company which is now run by his son Claude. The vineyard extends on the commune of Aÿ but also on Dizy and Mutigny. Claude also buys grapes harvested by grape-pickers from friends and family. In 1980, Claude Giraud increased the proportion of wines aged in oak barrels. Today, most of the champagnes are aged in wooden barrels and the wine is kept in stainless steel tanks.
Today, the Champagne house is run by Claude Giraud, the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, a member of the UMC whose famous vintages bear the name "Argonne". Focusing on the pillars of the brand: Aÿ Grand Cru, Pinot Noir grapes and Argonne barrels, since 1990 he has restored history and rebuilt the first oak barrels 60 meters east of Reims. Miles of historic Champagne forests and famous barrels that produced over ten centuries.
Experts come here every year to learn more about the effects of the geological composition of the different terroirs and forest soils on the taste and texture of the wines. The balance of Champagne Maison Henri Giraud is the success of the region. With only 250,000 bottles and a few thousand bottles left for the cuvées, Champagne is now sought after by lovers of great wines from around the world.
The champagne is marked by the Pinot Noir of Aÿ. The range developed in stainless steel tanks is ample and functional. They are perfect as an aperitif and also go well with light dishes. Those made in barrels are fuller and more dominant. Powerful, expressive and rich in content, they are one of the most concentrated Champagnes in the entire region, making them perfect for the entire meal.
Great Years for the House:
Find the most famous champagnes of the house on our website. The Henri Giraud bottles come directly from the domain and are available immediately at the best prices at Comptoir des Millésimes. But before tasting, here are some good tips for these little wonders of champagne.
HENRI GIRAUD CUVÉE ESPRIT BRUT NATURE :
This cuvée is the one that best represents the evolution of the estate. The blend is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It combines greed, happiness and balance. This is the spirit of the brand, whose goal is to produce the best possible product. The house is open to everything: that is to say that it does not forbid itself anything. This cuvée comes from the hill of Reims. The wine is aged in vats and the fermentation is malolactic. The dosages include 6 to 12 grams per liter. In the mouth, it releases fruity and fresh flavors. It is served as an aperitif, but can also be taken with meals.
HENRI GIRAUD CUVÉE BLANC DE CRAIE :
This is a special cuvée from the best chalky terroirs of the Montagnes de Reims. Made exclusively from Chardonnay, it dresses up this grape variety by giving it a new face, combining the fatness of the fruit with the chalky minerality. Brewed in the traditional way and aged in oak barrels for 6 months. The color is a delicate golden yellow, accentuated by light green reflections pierced by fine threads of foam. The nose is marked by citrus notes, very fresh and pleasant. It has aromas of exotic fruits (pineapple, litchi, etc.). In the mouth it is very greedy and gives a frank and nourishing taste thanks to a beautiful minerality.
HENRI GIRAUD, tribute to Pinot Noir :
This cuvée has been aged for 54 months, including 12 months on the lees in small oak barrels, then 6 months on the fine lees; 3 years in the cellar after bottling for a maximum Grand Cru vintage. This cuvée is composed of 100% Pinot Noir whose berries are harvested exclusively on the terroir of the Grand Cru of Aÿ. It offers very nice air bubbles at the opening. The robe is slightly amber. The nose is composed of white flowers with honeysuckle, yellow fruits and green almonds with a very mentholated taste. On the palate, besides a slight chocolate note, there are notes of pear and yellow fruits, dried apricots, with hints of orange peel and burlat (various cherries). It pairs well with sea bass with fennel, pork tenderloin or duck with citrus. It is served around 12 degrees, except for the aperitif, it should be served cooler between 8 and 10 degrees. As an aperitif, you can choose verrines of foie gras and quinoa; a snack of smoked trout seasoned with ginger.
HENRI GIRAUD, Lady Jane
Cuvée Dame Jane from the House of Henri Giraud is a great rosé champagne!
A mythical goddess of fertility in clay marks the close link between the natural fertility of the earth and pottery, the original crucible of wine thousands of years before our era.
This champagne speaks of the generosity of its Pinot Noir (from vines over 60 years old), clinging to the southern chalk, aged in oak barrels in the Argonne forest and matured in terracotta AOC red wines.
Flavors of red fruits, wild strawberries, raspberries, brioche and toast explode on the palate, and the mouth is crisp and mouthwatering. Without a doubt, this Lady Jane vintage from Henri Giraud is a success!
Very elegant, this champagne has an enormous capacity of guard (approximately 10 years) and is tasted with happiness on meats such as slices of beef or roasted kidneys of veal throughout a meal .
HENRI GIRAUD, MV 17
The Champagne Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne MV represents the expression of the Maison Giraud style, in a unique bottle with a clasp. This Pinot Noir based cuvée gives off complex, powerful and rich aromas, imbued with the terroir of Aÿ and the vinification in oak barrels. The bubbles stay well and bring an extra freshness to the premium cuvées. Extraordinary champagne for gourmets.
HENRI GIRAUD AY GRAND CRU :
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this cuvée is aged for 12 months in wood, aged for a minimum of 8 years on the lees, fermented in barrels, and uses 50-year-old vines. It is only produced in the best years such as 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 or 2005. In a period marked by wood vinification, the final vintage is more harmonious and complex. This cuvée is dark yellow/gold. It is a luxurious blend with lots of toasty oak and flecks. Acorn leaf flavors, ripe fruit flavors, great purity and amazing freshness. The chardonnay is very good on the nose and palate. It is rich and intense, with perfect structure and fruity flavors. The finish is gripping, long, complex, salty and very aromatic. It is a beautiful reflection of the Aÿ terroir. While it is beautiful and rich, it may not be for everyone. Total production is 30,000 bottles.