Champagne Henri Giraud

Henri Giraud is a family champagne house located in Aÿ in the heart of the Champagne region. An exceptional vineyard, the pinot noir and the chardonnay are thus revealed under their best day of its vineyard classified Grand Cru, it is one of the most beautiful of the Champagne. In keeping with tradition, Henri Giraud has rebuilt the barrels in Argonne oak to raise its vintages and favors local wood species. It is a choice to reveal a terroir in its entirety, which gives its champagnes such a particular woody character. Lovers of winey, complex champagnes, this House is made for you. Some of the wines are aged in terracotta or stoneware amphorae.

The Champagne House Henri Giraud

The history of the great Champagne House

The history of the Champagne Giraud estate began in 1625 with the contemporary period of Henri V and his heirs. The Hémart family returned definitively to Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century where they found their roots and there began the era of champagne from the 18th century onwards.The history of the Champagne Giraud estate began in 1625 with the contemporary period of Henri V and his heirs. The Hémart family returned definitively to Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century where they found their roots and there began the era of champagne from the 18th century.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Léon Giraud married Madeleine Hémart and restored the family's vineyards which had been ravaged by the phylloxera crisis. Their offspring, Henri, founded the company which is now run by his son Claude. The vineyard extends over a commune of Aÿ, but also over Dizy and Mutigny. Claude also buys the grapes from friends or family members, which are harvested by the pickers. In 1980, Claude Giraud increased the proportion of wines aged in oak barrels. At present, much of the champagne is aged in barrels and the grape wines are kept in stainless steel tanks.

The imprint on Giraud Champagnes

Today, Claude Giraud, who is the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family, runs this Champagne House, member of the UMC, whose famous vintage cuvee bears the name "Argonne". Focusing on the pillars of the House: Aÿ Grand Cru, Pinot Noir grape variety and Argonne barrels, he took over since 1990 with the stock of history and rebuilt the first oak barrels which are from the historical forest of Champagne located 60 km east of Reims and elaborated for more than ten centuries the famous champagne barrels.

The balance of the champagne of the House Henri Giraud makes the success of the region. With just 250,000 bottles and a few thousand bottles for the vintage vintages, the champagnes are now sought after worldwide by lovers of fine wine.

The champagnes are marked by the Pinot Noir of Aÿ. Those of the range developed in stainless steel vats are ample and powerful. They are suitable for the aperitif, but also go well with lightly spiced dishes. Those vinified in barrels are even fuller and more dominant. Powerful, expressive, with a lot of substance, they are among the most concentrated champagnes of the whole region and, therefore, perfectly suited throughout the meal.